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Petersburg NAACP on police brutality allegations: 'There is still a threat'


One week ago the NAACP stood with the Petersburg Police Chief. The Petersburg NAACP president is now opening her own investigation into allegations of police brutality in Petersburg.

"I'm not siding with anyone," said Petersburg NAACP President Alzena Mayfield. "I'm not supporting anyone."

Mayfield says she is opening her own investigation after two alleged victims were taken to task and in one case even placed in a chokehold for seemingly just recording video of an arrest.

"I'm not pleased with what I saw," said Mayfield. "Once we get a complete investigation of it then I can speak on it, and speak my mind."

Family and friends went before the Petersburg City Council this week to speak out on bloody images of Devin Thomas. He claims he was assaulted by police after taking cell phone video of a nearby arrest.

"People want justice," said Nathan Cox with Virginia Cop Block. "If I were to assault your camera man right now there would be charges filed against me, and there should not be any double standards when it comes to law enforcement personnel." 

Cox's group has organized protests following the recent incidents.

"We want accountability," said Cox. "We want officers retrained, and their needs to be a policy change."

The NAACP says the recent incidents have hurt the relationship between the public and Petersburg Police.

"This injustice with this young man," said Mayfield. "There is still a threat that it could happen to anybody and everybody."

The Petersburg Police spokeswoman released the following statement:

"We welcome anyone to look at the facts," said Esther Hyatt with the Petersburg Police. "Which is what we will do when the case goes to court on October 1st." 

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