NAACP joins call for justice in Jonathan Sanders killing - - Jackson, MS

NAACP joins call for justice in Jonathan Sanders killing

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The investigation continues into the death of Jonathan Sanders of Stonewall, and some are losing patience. Sanders died after a confrontation with an on-duty Stonewall police officer.

MBI is leading the investigation. The FBI is also involved. 

The NAACP released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

Again, we face another questionable traffic stop. Again, we suffer another African American male losing his life at the hands of law enforcement. Again, a man has died  while uttering the words ‘I can’t breathe’. 

The Mississippi State Conference NAACP is saddened and angered at the recent death of Jonathan ‘Mop Top’ Sanders in Stonewall, MS at the hands of part time officer Kevin Herrington. Herrington allegedly held Sanders in a chokehold for about thirty minutes during a traffic stop, according to witness accounts.  The reason for the traffic stop remains unknown, as Sanders was riding a horse-drawn buggy down a main road in Stonewall.

The NAACP supports the efforts of the Sanders family and the Lumumba and Associates Law Firm to seek justice in this tragedy.  The sheer gravity of yet another callous death at the hands of law enforcement demands a full and independent investigation at the local, state and possibly federal levels.  

Sanders was killed July 8. Autopsy results have not been officially released.

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