NAACP Statement on Explosion Near Colorado Springs Branch

BALTIMORE, Md. -- On January 6, 2015, an explosive device detonated against an exterior wall of the building housing the Colorado Springs NAACP in Colorado Spring, Co. The investigation into this criminal act is being conducted as a joint effort with local and federal law enforcement resources. No injuries were reported.

The FBI has released a composite sketch of the man that could be involved in this incident. Authorities are also offering a $10,000 reward for information that may lead to the man. 

“We at the NAACP are extremely thankful that no one was injured during this callous effort to distract the hard working members of our Association from the important civil rights issues of day,” said NAACP President & CEO Cornell William Brooks. “While the NAACP is an organization revered by many, we understand that there is a small group of detractors that rail against our work and may not mean us well. This minority has not and will not deter us. Whenever threatened, the NAACP doubles down for justice.”

The NAACP will remain vigilant as we await the details of this incident. We are heartened by the service of numerous volunteers who have visited our Colorado Springs office in recent days, lending their time and talents to our cause. We will continue to peacefully demonstrate to achieve justice for Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and the other countless men and women who lost their lives to police violence and we will continue demand federal, state and local legislators to pass stronger reform around racial profiling, police accountability and excessive force in Missouri and across the country.

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.

 

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