NAACP Reno/Sparks Branch #1112
Phone: (775) 322-2992
P.O. Box 7757
Reno, NV 89510
Email: info@renosparksnaacp.org

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Top 10 cures still go begging
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 6-10-2020 Sparks Tribune

FLAILING OVERTURNED TURTLE: Have we reached a turning point?
By Frank Rich / New York Magazine 6-9-2020

View Reno-Sparks NAACP President Lonnie Feemster's June 6 & 7 appearance on KTVN TV-2's Face the State half-hour program

Most arrested after May 30 Reno riot were innocent downtown residents
Most live within walking distance of downtown, one 700 feet from City Hall
Mississippi West alive and well: City lawyers advise arrestees to plead guilty or face days or weeks in jail
Reno Gazette-Journal / Sunday front page 6-7-2020
Don't let fear and anger convert us to Germany 1933
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 6-3-2020 Sparks Tribune

BREAKING NEWS—> City of Reno reimposes martial law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / 5-30-2020
Updated 6-3-2020 GMT

FOR EVENT INFORMATION CONTACT
Lonnie Feemster, President, (775) 722-0042
Andrew Barbano
, First Vice-President (775) 747-0544

NAACP CALLS FOR CALM & SHOOTING TRANSPARENCY
Downtown Reno Black Lives Matter rally turns violent
RENO CITY HALL SET ON FIRE

RENO, Nev. USA (Updated 2:46 a.m. PDT 5-31-2020 / 09:461 GMT) — Saturday afternoon's downtown Reno Black Lives Matter rally turned violent after adjournment as evening approached. People jumped on cars near the casino center Reno Arch. Windows were broken at businesses, the Washoe County Courthouse and Reno City Hall. Its first floor was set afire and tear gas was used to keep crowds away from the 14-story high-rise. Arrests were made. Gov. Steve Sisolak called out the Nevada National Guard. Citizens put hands in the air shouting "don't shoot." KOLO TV-8 telecasted live, joined by two other network affiliates much later in the evening. Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve ordered a citywide curfew which was expanded to cover the entire county.

Lonnie L. Feemster

The Reno-Sparks NAACP called for calm and transparency regarding all shootings, local and elsewhere.

"Aggrieved Nevadans have shared pain with us every day since 1945," stated Reno-Sparks NAACP President Lonnie Feemster.

"We advocate for the voiceless and for non-violence. We do not want our work for civil rights advocacy and justice to be undermined by individuals who want to destroy, use violence in our communities and burn our stores,” he added.

“The Reno Sparks NAACP is well aware of the effort to create mayhem and corrupt the good work of thousands who have suffered and died to move our country toward a better future. Disingenuous individuals are attempting to create a counter-productive and harmful situation for African Americans and other innocent and well-meaning civilians," the lifelong Nevadan stated.

"Unfortunately, our worst fears have been realized. This is not a show or a performance. Lives have already been lost in Minneapolis and locally. The NAACP is continuing to pressure law enforcement and others in power to respect the need to be transparent, accountable and responsive to advocacy organizations when we have incidents in our community," Feemster stated.

"The frustration with law enforcement is institutional and understandable," Feemster said. "We have long criticized local civil service exams as discriminating against minorities trying to enter the police academy. We have been heard but it has not been enough.

"The City of Reno established a human rights commission, something which the City of Sparks refused to do several years ago," Feemster said.

"At our behest, the Sparks City Council unanimously voted to establish a diversity commission in 2007, then never implemented it. Sparks' record of law enforcement minority hiring has been weaker than Reno's for a long time," he noted.

"Both cities have arrested African-American young people for the crime of walking while black downtown," he added.

NAACP CALLS FOR RELEASE OF POLICE INVESTIGATION INTO SHOOTING DEATH OF A LOCAL BLACK TEENAGER

On January 5, 2020, Sparks Police officers shot and killed Miciah Lee, an African-American teen. His mother, in desperation, had called police begging for them to save her 18-year-old mentally ill son who had threatened to kill himself.

"Lee had committed no crimes, but wanted to die," Feemster said. "He suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder all his life. His distraught mother called the police for help. She told them he was mentally ill and threatening to kill himself.

"The officers came and killed him," Feemster said.

"Those involved wore body cams and videos exist of the incident. The videos have not been released to the family or the attorney representing the mother, Terri Keyser-Cooper.

"Because Sparks officers killed Lee, another law enforcement agency was required to investigate the death. The case was given to the Reno Police Department. The investigation took five months. In early May, the case was referred to the Washoe County District Attorney's Office for review and determination as to whether any of the officers involving in the shooting should be criminally charged," Feemster said.

The videos and investigation reports have still not been released.

"The deputy district attorney assigned to the case, Matthew Lee (no relation), has refused to provide the report or the videos, or indicate when he will be finished reviewing it. Deputy DA Lee refuses to allow the family to review the videos or see any information about the shooting.

"When Ms. Keyser-Cooper spoke to Deputy DA Lee on Friday, May 29, 2020, he indicated he had a 'timeline' and would get to it when he got to it. He appeared to be in no hurry," Feemster said.

"Especially in light of this weekend's events, Washoe County DA Christopher Hicks needs to expedite the review of the case so that the investigation and videos of the shooting can be released to the family.

"Cities are burning. Our voice is being corrupted by those that advocate violence and destruction. This is not the message of the NAACP. We demand that the truth be released to public advocacy organizations in a timely manner. We need legislation which explicitly requires that to happen," Feemster stressed

"There have been too many police killings of our black young men and we have seen law enforcement delay providing reports and videos. We need to see the reports now, Deputy DA Lee needs to know there is a timeline and the black community wants to see what happened," Feemster demanded.

"The branch is very grateful for the outpouring of support and the increasing number of new members who have been joining via our website over the past few days," stated First Vice-President Andrew Barbano.

NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112 was established in 1945.

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NOTE TO THOSE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE LOCAL GEOGRAPHY: Reno and Sparks are (pardon the expression) twin cities and share a common border in Washoe County which occupies the northwestern corner of Nevada bordering California from Lake Tahoe to Oregon.

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Top 10 cures still go begging
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 6-10-2020 Sparks Tribune

FLAILING OVERTURNED TURTLE: Have we reached a turning point?
By Frank Rich / New York Magazine 6-9-2020

View Reno-Sparks NAACP President Lonnie Feemster's June 6 & 7 appearance on KTVN TV-2's Face the State half-hour program

Most arrested after May 30 Reno riot were innocent downtown residents
Most live within walking distance of downtown, one 700 feet from City Hall
Mississippi West alive and well: City lawyers advise arrestees to plead guilty or face days or weeks in jail
Reno Gazette-Journal / Sunday front page 6-7-2020

Reno reimposes martial law

Tuesday, 02 Jun 2020 17:12:30 (PDT) [Official City of Reno bulletin] Reno, Nevada USA — Out of an abundance of caution for public safety, Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve has issued citywide curfews starting at 7 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, June 2. The curfew will be in effect nightly from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning and will continue until terminated by Mayor Schieve. During the hours of the curfew, no person — with the exception of law enforcement, military and other emergency response personnel, government officials and authorized media — shall enter or remain in the public right of way, public parks or any other public place in Reno unless they have an essential reason to be out (i.e. people traveling to/from work or seeking emergency care, etc.). Residents are asked to adhere to the curfew to help protect the safety of our community. [More at Reno.Gov]

Don't let fear and anger convert us to Germany 1933
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 6-3-2020 Sparks Tribune

NAACP calls for calm, demands police transparency
Family of 18 year-old killed by Sparks Police in January still waiting for answers
By James DeHaven / rgj.com 5-31-2020 / Reno Gazette-Journal 6-1-2020

SMOKING GUNS

In 2015, the Reno-Sparks NAACP Inaugural Eddie Scott/Bertha Woodard Human Rights Advocacy Award honored the editors, journalists and staff of the Reno News & Review for their internationally recognized work on police-involved homicides (Fatal Encounters), their viral exposé of the racist writings of Nevada State Assembly Speaker-designate Ira Hansen, R-Sparks (who stepped down a result), and When Hate Comes to Town, a history of area hate crimes.

 

 

 


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