ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The St. Louis NAACP is condemning the use of Missouri National Guard to bring peace and stability to the City of Ferguson.
The organization created a list of demands early Monday morning followed by a community meeting that addressed some of the group's concerns regarding the unrest in Ferguson.
Adolphus M. Pruitt, first vice president of Missouri State Conference of Branches and president of St. Louis NAACP, said that the NAACP is concerned with the confrontation of young black men coming face to face with those armed and serving in the military. Furthermore, he said that Captain Ronald Johnson, who was charged with Ferguson Security, and the Missouri Highway Patrol should be given more time to adjust.
He also called on forces to figure out more innovative means to protest peacefully.
The Missouri Highway Patrol took over security for Ferguson this past Thursday, following intense clashes between protesters and the St. Louis County Police.
Pruitt also called on the Department of Justice to expand its investigation to look at racial profiling for the entire St. Louis metropolitan area, including the Metro East region.
He's also asking for resources for those businesses hit hard by the unrest in Ferguson, and social services resource for those families who have been unable to get out of the Canfield Apartments, where unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson August 9.
Earlier in the morning, the St. Louis County NAACP requested a formal apology for Brown's family.
- For the Justice Department to take over the entire Brown investigation.
- The creation of citizen review boards for all municipal police departments to ensure transparency.
- A state investigation into each municipal police department in St. Louis County with histories of racial profiling and police brutality.
- The implementation of racial profile training for St. Louis County police officers.
- Periodic attorney general reports about racial profiling.
"We want the individuals that may appear to have a private agenda to cause disruption and chaos within the community to stop. We do not want peaceful protestors to appear that they are causing violence and rioting when incidents are being caused by a small group of individuals that are using this tragedy as an opportunity. Although the National Guard being present will cause many inconveniences for the community, we support Governor Nixon's effort to maintain safety, law and order," said Esther Haywood, president of the St. Louis County NAACP.