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Local NAACP chapter speaks out about suspicious death

April 15, 2004

Worth County -- The Sylvester/Worth County chapter of the NAACP says it disagrees with the NAACP's State and Regional Offices over accusations that Sylvester police purposely killed Herman Jackson during his arrest in February.

The local NAACP said they supported an initiative by the State NAACP office for an extensive police investigation into suspicions surrounding Jackson's death. But they added that until they find new evidence that says otherwise they will support findings that Jackson's death was accidental.

"There had been a meeting and accusations and all of that saying that the police had killed Mr.Jackson and really and truly it had not been investigated into what happen," says Mary Alice Shipp of the NAACP.

The group says it will continue it's own independent investigation into Herman Jackson's death who died from injures while resisting arrest. The GBI's investigation found no wrong doing by the officers involved in the case. The FBI who is also looking into the matter has not yet completed their investigation.

posted at 6:23PM by scott.hunter@walb.com