COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The investigation into a fatal officer-involved shooting continues and starting Thursday, NAACP members from across the state are meeting in Columbus.
There are still a lot of questions surrounding the deadly shooting outside of Premier Lounge but now it’s just a waiting game. It’s been nearly a week since 24-year-old Raymond Davis was shot and killed by Columbus Officer Jared Booth.
“Ultimately, at the end of the day, what we’re looking for is public accountability and public transparency,” said Dr. Corey Wiggins, executive director of the NAACP state conference.
It started Thursday morning and this year it’s in the Friendly City. Interim President Charles Hampton says he’s been in contact with investigators this week.
“We have a good relationship with our local law enforcement,” Hampton said. “We have a good relationship with MBI and FBI. We just encourage that whoever comes in to do an investigation, that they do a thorough investigation.”
Wiggins says data show young black men are more often the victims of officer-involved shootings in our country and we’ve seen several cases in North Mississippi in recent years.
“People want answers,” Wiggins said. “You can’t deny the fact that communities wants answers about what’s happening and what’s going on. What we’re seeing nationally now and across a number of places are young black men and boys who are succumbing to police brutality.”
Lowndes County NAACP President Lavonne Harris also serves on the Columbus Police Overview Committee and she has a message for those who are outraged.
“Right now, and I know the community doesn’t want to hear this, but we really have to be patient and I know you don’t understand that but there is a process and protocol you have to follow,” Harris said.
Mississippi Bureau of Investigation officials will be at the conference Friday afternoon at the Trotter Convention Center downtown and members hope to learn more about when the body camera footage will be released.