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Knoxville’s NAACP branch joins call for release of Austin-East body cam footage

The Knoxville NAACP called for District Attorney General Charme Allen to release the footage from last week’s fatal shooting.
Published: Apr. 20, 2021 at 11:22 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Knoxville branch of the NAACP hosted a news conference outside of Austin-East Magnet High School Tuesday morning.

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Posted by WVLT on Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The organization joined the collection of voices demanding the Knox County District Attorney to release police bodycam video that shows what happened during the incident at Austin-East on April 12.

“Our community is saddened by the violence that has plagued our streets in recent months. Moreover, we are heartbroken at the death of Anthony Thompson Jr.” Brown said. “Our community has been in a state of unrest. The public has questions and deserves the truth.”

Brown said the community took “proactive measures by advocating for the investment in body cameras for the Knoxville Police Department.”

“Now we have a district attorney who is effectively undermining the will of the people,” Brown said.

The Knoxville NAACP called for District Attorney General Charme Allen to release the footage from last week’s fatal shooting. Brown said failure to release the video, “further erodes the already waning trust this community has for law enforcement and the criminal justice system.”

“We have to move forward to a place of healing and love and that only begins with the revelation of the truth,” Brown said.

According to Brown, Tuesday’s press conference is the beginning of a “series of statements and actions” to come from the branch on the incident. The organization said it now working to find solutions for the problem and in pursuit of justice.

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