COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The national president of the NAACP arrived in South Carolina on Monday to help lead a Statehouse rally calling for reform in the criminal justice system as leaders of the civil rights group continued a march from Selma, Alabama, to Washington, D.C.
National NAACP President Cornell William Brooks made his first trip to South Carolina since the Confederate flag was removed from the statehouse in July.
The Georgetown native said it was extraordinarily moving to see the empty space where the flag flew for 15 years. Brooks said while it was a big step for the state, South Carolina must follow up by doing more for the poor and minorities.
The rally called for better public education, protection of voting rights and uniform standards across the nation about when police can use force. In South Carolina, four officers have been charged in the past year with felonies in on-duty shootings.