Tallahassee NAACP members meet with TPD Chief Revell and State Attorney Jack Campbell
May 31, 2020
TALLAHASSEE (WCTV) — Four members of the Tallahassee branch of the NAACP met with Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell and State Attorney Jack Campbell to discuss police involved shootings after protesters gathered in the city over the weekend. Frustrations over a lack of information released about the three police involved shootings in Tallahassee this year contributed to this weekend's protests, the NAACP said.
Both sides remained peaceful even when emotions ran high. NAACP members asked for more transparency. Campbell responded with his belief of treating all cases equally, whether it involved a member of law enforcement or not.
He said he didn't agree with releasing information before all the evidence was gathered and a grand jury could hear the whole case. He believes releasing partial information could lead to misjudgments by the public.
One of the NAACP members said that the comparison to regular crimes was not fair. They expressed that everyday crimes could continue to be held private until a hearing, but when it comes to police killing citizens, the public has a right to know more details.
Both sides believe timing is the issue.
In the end, the NAACP members kept the conversation to a local level, focusing on the three black men killed by police in Tallahassee in 2020. The demands were simple: They want want the body cam footage and the names of those officers involved to be released sooner.