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NAACP Calls For Transparent Investigation After Shooting

Posted: 8:47 AM, Feb 13, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-14 13:12:06-05
NAACP To Hold Press Conference After Shooting
NAACP To Hold Press Conference After Shooting
NAACP To Hold Press Conference After Shooting

The NAACP held a press conference and called for a transparent investigation following a deadly officer-involved shooting in Nashville. “We need an immediate and a transparent, complete and we need it expedient, an investigation that is led by the district attorney and even if necessary, federal agencies,” Nashville NAACP President Ludye Wallace said. 

Jacques Clemmons was shot and killed Friday by Officer Joshua Lippert after a traffic stop. 

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However, his friends and family said that's not true. The local NAACP chapter held a press conference Monday morning, and questioned how police are portraying him.  

Clemmons' family said investigators were quick to release his criminal activity, and did not portray him as a father and son.  

People held a vigil Sunday night to remember the 31-year-old, who leaves behind two sons, ages 8 and 13. Clemmons' stepfather said he wants peaceful justice.

"This happens too often, this happens too often and now I'm an advocate for all life matters but I'm also an advocate for justice,” he said.

Officer Josh Lippert shot Clemmons after a scuffle following a traffic stop. Police said Clemmons was armed at the time.

Also on Monday, Police Chief Steve Anderson, Mayor Megan Barry, and U.S. Attorney met with African American clergy to pledge a full investigation into the shooting.

 

 

Chief Anderson and U.S. Attorney David Rivera answered questions in a press conference later that afternoon.
Officer Lippert was placed on routine administrative leave, pending the investigation.