Virginia NAACP calls for independent investigation of police-involved shooting death of teen in Roanoke County
ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - The Roanoke branch of the NAACP held a news conference regarding the police-involved shooting death of Kionte Spencer. The 18-year-old was shot and killed by Roanoke County police nearly two weeks ago. Police said the teen was carrying what was later found out to be BB gun. Members of the Virginia State Conference NAACP traveled to Roanoke from Richmond. They met with Roanoke County Police Chief Howard Hall to discuss Spencer's death.
Civil Rights leaders said they are not looking to point fingers at the police but they just want to make sure there is transparency.
A call for justice came as more than two dozen people gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. bridge in Roanoke. They prayed for strength following the death of Kionte. Before Wednesday's news conference, civil rights leaders met with authorities as a sign of support for Kionte's biological brother, Carl, who is waiting for answers
"The police chief has adamantly said he will only communicate through Ms. Spencer who is the legal authority when it comes to Kionte Spencer. "He was legally adopted by her," said Brenda Hale, Roanoke NAACP.
Meanwhile several officers remain on administrative leave as an internal investigation continues. After meeting with police, Virginia State Conference NAACP leaders said they want an independent investigation.
"We think it is very important to have an extra set of eyes," said Jack Gravely, Interim Executive Director for Virginia State Conference NAACP. "This is not casting any aspersions, any indictments or charges against this police department".
In remembrance of Kionte, a community gathering will be held on Sunday March 13th at 3 p.m. at Garst Mill Park.
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