(Washington, D.C.) – The NAACP has released the following statement on the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO.
From Cornell William Brooks, President & CEO, NAACP:
"Our prayers go out to the family and friends of 18-year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri. The death of yet another African-American at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve the community where he lived is heartbreaking. Michael Brown was preparing to begin college, and now his family is preparing to bury their child – his life cut short in a tragic encounter with the police.
As the NAACP's Missouri State Conference and St. Louis Branches seek answers about the circumstances surrounding Michael Brown's death, the National office will remain vigilant until accountability and justice are served for the countless individuals who lose their lives to misguided police practices throughout the country. Even as we call for accountability by those charged with protecting the community, we call on the community to act--collectively and calmly until we secure justice for the family of Michael Brown."