Rally at NAACP calls for peace, unity to solve problems

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – While violent protests have broken out across the country over police brutality, members of local organizations called for peace.

They gathered outside the offices of the Pitt County NAACP Monday night to address the media. They said violence like what was seen in Dallas when five officers were shot and killed, can’t be the answer.

Pitt County NAACP President Calvin Henderson called on communities across the East to come together, pray and peacefully protest in order to see change.

“We can do better if we just come together to sit down and realize that there’s a problem in our country. We’ve got to face reality,” he said.

Representatives from the religious community were also present. Parents and young black men spoke about what life is like in today’s world for them.

Keith Cooper with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference said police must also be held accountable.

“Police departments around the country must be less aggressive and as former Greenville Chief of Police Hassan Aden more public service oriented,” Cooper said.

Speakers said educating black men about what to do if they’re pulled over and getting everyone out to vote were two critical parts to help alleviate the problems.

Organizers also lifted up prayers for the officers and their families killed in Dallas by an armed black man Thursday.

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