*(Sanford, FL) – NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous will join local NAACP leaders at an open forum at 12:00 p.m. today to hear local residents offer testimony on abuses and discrimination by the Sanford Police Department. The NAACP plans to submit this testimony to the Department of Justice, which is investigating the Sanford police.
The forum follows yesterday’s Town Hall Meeting at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, where hundreds of local residents rallied in support of Trayvon Martin. The 17-year old Sanford teenager was killed last month by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, who has not been arrested. At last night’s event, many residents expressed outrage and offered their own stories of discrimination at the hands of police.
“This is at least the third instance in the last several years where a black man has been assaulted or killed in Sanford and justice has not been delivered,” stated Jealous last night.
WHO: NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous; Seminole County NAACP President Turner Clayton; Sanford, FL residents and other Florida residents
WHERE: Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church
1203 Olive Avenue
Sanford, FL 32771
WHEN: 12:00 p.m.
March 21, 2012
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.
Ben Wrobel – NAACP