NAACP MILWAUKEE BRANCH STATEMENT REGARDING FERGUSON, MO GRAND JURY DECISION AND OUTSTANDING ISSUES IN DONTRE HAMILTON CASE

November 25, 2014

There were many questions, and arguably flaws, with the process implemented by the District Attorney that culminated with the grand jury decision in Ferguson. The disappointment of people, not only with result, but with process, is understandable. We saw what happened when that disappointment turned into anger and violence.

The NAACP supports and encourages peaceful protest, which is often an important, effective and necessary part of accomplishing reform and change. Clearly, the NAACP and many others believe that reforms in our nation’s practices relating to policing and criminal justice are much needed and long overdue. Our NAACP national president, William Cornell Brooks, has spoken about this at length. That applies here in Milwaukee.

We support the Hamilton family and the rights of protesters here in Milwaukee concerning the long delayed decision of District Attorney Chisholm. We urge all involved, the protesters as well as law enforcement, to continue to be peaceful as they exercise their rights and carry out their duties. Further, we reiterate the requests to District Attorney Chisholm to bring closure to this process so that the community can hopefully move beyond angst and frustration.

James H. Hall, Jr., President
NAACP – Milwaukee Branch

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