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OAKLAND, Calif. — More than a week after police shot and killed a 51-year-old Berkeley grandmother, the head of the local NAACP chapter is facing a firestorm of criticism over comments its president made about the city’s police officers.
In a letter sent to the Berkeley Daily Planet Newspaper and purportedly speaking on behalf of the Berkeley branch of the NAACP, the group’s president vented his anger at police over the Feb. 16 death of Anita Gay, NBC11’s Ethan Harp reported.
In the letter, Jackson claims, “it is apparent that the only thing in the mind of a Berkeley police officer is to kill, especially any African-American that they can.”
“For someone to say that, it just floors you,” said detective Shira Warren, the head of the Berkeley Black Police Officers Association.
She rejects any suggestion of rampant racism in the department. “I think it’s disheartening that somebody seemingly respected in the community, on the national board at that, would use such an opportunity to be insensitive.”
The NAACP branch has strongly distanced itself from the statement.
Group members said they would consider holding a meeting to examine whether Jackson should be removed from his position as president.
Police told Harp that while there are questions to be answered with respect to the shooting, they do not have any overriding concerns about racism at the department.
That view is shared by the head of the Berkeley Police Association union and the Berkeley Black Police Officers Association, Harp reported.
The heads of both groups are African-American, Harp reported.
The name of the officer who shot Gay still has not been officially released but a police spokesperson confirmed that officer is himself African-American.
Jackson has not returned NBC11 calls asking for comment.
The woman shot and killed on Feb. 16, Anita Gay, was African-American.
Others in the local NAACP chapter have reportedly apologized for Jackson’s comments.
(Posted on February 28, 2008)
Somehow, I don’t suspect that the NAACP would be so forgiving had the officer been white. As they say in police work, “Just a hunch!”
Posted by Cop at 7:19 PM on February 28
Jackson reportedly was not loved even by his own mother, and she was his best last hope, ever since he just can’t seem to get along with other people.
Posted by Lars at 7:34 PM on February 28
The way blacks behave and our treated they’d have to be an idiot not to want to. Jackson may be right. Of course the solution to this is to wrap up whites into an even tinier ball stuffed in the corner.
Posted by at 7:41 PM on February 28
“The name of the officer who shot Gay still has not been officially released but a police spokesperson confirmed that officer is himself African-American.”
Even when it is a black shooting a black, its still white racism!!! Incredible.
Posted by at 11:07 PM on February 28
You just can’t win when you are dealing with blacks.
Posted by at 1:00 AM on February 29
By the way the police officer that shot her was Black. BPD claims that she was welding a knife which she refused to drop when ordered to do so by the police:
The DA’s office, Berkeley police homicide detectives and the department’s internal affairs division are all investigating the shooting of Gay. Officer Rashawn Cummings, who fired the fatal shots, is currently on paid administrative leave.
Berkeley police spokesperson Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said that statements from witnesses, family members and the officer had all indicated that Gay was carrying a knife at the time she was shot.
Posted by Stillwarm at 2:15 AM on February 29
Why must blacks always have their own separate group with any organization, the Berkeley Black Police Officers Association in this case?
Posted by Tom Iron... at 4:22 AM on February 29
Even when it is a black shooting a black, its still white racism!!! Incredible
Who knows, the NAACP probably assumed the cop was white. Since he isn’t it is no big deal. Hey mistakes get made, right?
Posted by at 9:47 AM on February 29
This is just to funny, you can’t find a more leftwing city in America. But still none of this will save it from the blame whitey race-hustlers.
Posted by Proudinfidel at 3:34 PM on February 29
Berkeley’s non-black population can breathe a little easier. The cop was a black. If the cop were Caucasian, the city would be in flames and Schwartzenegger would call out the National Guard. But because both shooter and deceased were black, the MOST they can do is call for the resignation of the head of the local chapter of the NAACP. Then, they call for “healing” and “understanding”, and for more gun control laws.
Remember a few years ago, when Malcolm X’s widow was burned up in a fire started by her grandson? There were calls by blacks to try to understand and forgive the kid. If a white boy started that fire, the reaction would be different.
Posted by Soprano Fan at 5:25 PM on March 1
I wonder how many blacks are on the Terrorist Watch List, the way I am. It actually works for my benefit, as they are very, very careful when dealing with me.
Of course, if the government started putting blacks on the Terrorist Watch List wholesale, they’d be complaining about that, too.
Posted by Michael C. Scott at 12:54 PM on March 3