Christian Boone, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 31, 2015
The head of the Georgia chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to promote nonviolent social change, on Tuesday advocated African-American families “exercise their Second Amendment rights” in response to recent police shootings of unarmed black men.
“You stand there, (police) shoot. You run, they shoot. We’re going to have to take a different tack,” Samuel Mosteller, longtime president of the Georgia SCLC, told reporters.
The remarks came one week after 23-year-old Goodyear employee Nicholas Thomas was fatally shot by Smyrna police serving an arrest warrant on a probation violation. Police say Thomas tried to run them over in a customer’s Maserati, though lawyers hired by the dead man’s family have challenged the official account.
Earlier this month 27-year-old Anthony Hill, who suffered from bipolar disorder, was shot and killed by a DeKalb County police officer who alleged the Afghanistan war veteran charged him in a threatening manner. Hill was nude and unarmed at the time.
“Nobody is protecting the black community,” Mosteller said.
Mosteller also announced plans to organize recalls of the sheriffs of any county where an unarmed African-American is shot by police.