Virginia Beach NAACP calls for immediate investigation into incident at Lynnhaven Mall with Virginia Beach Police


VIRGINIA BEACH – Tonight the Virginia Beach Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) issued the following statement following the incident involving Virginia Beach police officers documented on a video widely circulated on social media:


The Virginia Beach NAACP strongly condemns the apparent racial bias on display in the video clip that has widely circulated on social media today. In the midst of a global pandemic, Virginia Beach police officers – without masks or personal protective equipment – mistakenly detained a Black man who was spending quality time with his family. As a Virginia Beach officer stated “you have the right to be upset,” and indeed we are just that: quite upset.


Even more alarming, calls from the Virginia Beach NAACP to the Virginia Beach Police Chief remain unanswered as of Sunday evening. We are demanding a meeting with the Virginia Beach Police Chief within 48 hours. As the police department has not responded to our inquiries, the Virginia Beach NAACP has launched its own investigation into the incident.


The NAACP will not rest until every Black citizen in Virginia Beach can shop, dine, and travel without being racially profiled by our city’s police officers.


Dr. Karen Hills Pruden
President-Virginia Beach NAACP
PO BOX 61114
Virginia Beach, VA 23466


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