CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Branch of the NAACP said Thursday that they stand in solidarity with Baton Rouge against the “reckless actions” of the officers involved in the shooting of Alton Sterling.
Sterling, 37, was shot multiple times while being held down by police outside a convenience store on Tuesday.
Robert Richardson, president of the Cincinnati Branch, said the Cincinnati community is all too familiar with officer-involved shootings.
“There has to be changes made in police training and attitudes, changes that affords all citizens the opportunity to have confidence and trust in local law enforcement and not be in fear of their lives when coming in contact with the police,” Richardson said.
Cincinnati will host the NAACP’s 107th National Convention on July 16.
Joe Mallory, vice president of the Cincinnati Branch, hopes the convention will be a place for the community to come together and create a plan “to eliminate police brutality and unnecessary use of force.”
The Cincinnati Branch of the NAACP also offered prayers to the Baton Rouge community and to Sterling’s family and loved ones.