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But Dr. Romaine Martin, branch president of the NAACP, saw the review agency as "a positive step toward addressing our concerns on the training of police officers in Delray Beach."
"This decision," she
said, "shows an attempt by the city to examine a critical area of contention and, hopefully, move toward improvement without delay.Parallel to the involvement of this agency, the NAACP
will continue to make recommendations on this and other related matters."She
believes "the city will continue an inclusionary process in dialogue and provide updates as to the findings."
"There is still much to be done to stop the killing," said Dr. Romaine Martin, South Palm Beach Branch president of the NAACP.Miller's death "was preventable, and showed the results of diminished judgment and putting guns in the wrong hands."She also commended the judge and the courage of the children who testified at the inquest.
"We would like to see a commitment to work together and discuss issues in the county," said Dr. Romaine Martin, branch president for the NAACP chapter in South County.She also heads a second task force that deals with problems strictly within Delray Beach.That group held its first meeting last Friday.
"As a citizen and a mother, I have been mobilized by the death of Jerrod Miller," Martin
said police departments should "participate in the community and not agitate the community."
group will meet again Saturday at 9 a.m. at Pompey Park in Delray Beach to continue a session that began two weeks ago.This week, however, she
said city officials will not be present.
An apparent splinter group of black residents not associated with the NAACP
has begun holding protest meetings in Pompey Park in Delray Beach at 5 p.m. on Sundays.
"The fact that attorney Scott Richardson served as Judge Hafele's campaign treasurer is more than enough reason to create an open and obvious perception of bias in the matter of a fact-finding inquest," said Dr. Romaine Martin, president of the NAACP's South County chapter.
Westside Gazette - Article - local news
Conducting the meeting was Dr. Romaine Martin, President of the South Palm Beach Branch of the NAACP.