October 13, 2023
Contact: Alicia Mercedes, [email protected]
Washington—— NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson This statement was released after Aurora Police Officer Randy Roedema was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and third-degree assault in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain:
“Being black in America is not a crime. Let me be clear – no one should face this level of violence for being black, especially from those who have sworn to ‘serve and protect’.’ We commend the jury and thank them for their commitment to ensuring justice for the Aurora community and Elijah’s family. Many people have grieved and grieved for Elijah McClain for years because of the simple fact that he did not deserve to die that terrible night. His life symbolizes the innocence of countless Black people in America who are senselessly targeted and harassed by law enforcement every day. The NAACP calls on Aurora Police Chief Art Acevedo to take decisive action to ensure that other citizens of the city never experience or witness such excessive use of force and brutality by police. This senseless behavior must end, starting with law enforcement building trust within the communities they choose to protect. “
About the NAACP
The NAACP advocates, agitates, and litigates for the civil rights black Americans deserve. Our legacy is built on the grassroots activism of the 20th century’s greatest civil rights pioneers and sustained by 21st century activists. From classrooms and courtrooms to city halls and Congress, our nationwide network of members works to secure the social and political power to end racial discrimination. This work is rooted in racial equity, civic engagement, and policies and institutions that support all marginalized populations. We are committed to building a world free of racism where Black people have equal opportunities in thriving communities.
NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund (also known as NAACP-LDF) was established in 1940 as part of the NAACP, but now operates as a completely independent entity.