NAACP Statement on Shooting at Family Research Council OfficeAugust 16, 2012
(Washington, DC) – The NAACP released the following statement regarding Wednesday’s shooting at the Family Research Council offices in Washington, DC:
“The NAACP strongly condemns the attack on the Family Research Council, and we pray for the swift recovery of the shooting victim Leon Johnson,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “It is too early to confirm the motivation behind the attack, but the NAACP has always stood firmly against violence of any kind. This type of senseless attack does nothing to resolve any debate, and only hinders serious discussion about the important issues of our day. We call for a thorough investigation of the incident.”
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.