NAACP Seeks Further Inquiry Into Mississippi Police Force

NAACP Seeks Further Inquiry Into Mississippi Police Force

Group wants outside investigation in the death of Jonathan Sanders.

Published July 23, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi NAACP officials want further investigation of a small-town police force and one of its officers following the death of a black man after an encounter with the officer. 

The organization said in a statement Wednesday that it wants an outside inquiry into Stonewall's police force.

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Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson says the group seeks a background check, mental health evaluation and drug test of 25-year-old Officer Kevin Herrington, the part-time officer involved in the July 8 physical encounter that left Jonathan Sanders dead.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and FBI are investigating.

Stonewall Police Chief Michael Street has told residents Herrington was required to take a drug test after Sanders' death. Asked whether he was tested for steroids, Street said he didn't know.

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(Photo: Jonathan Sanders via Facebook)

Written by Associated Press

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