RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Prosecutors say they will not move forward with charges against the person who left an offensive message on the voicemail of the Richmond NAACP office. "Your organization needs to go away and I'm going to do what I can to make sure you go away,” the caller said in the message.
Now, the local Civil Rights organization is responding, saying their fight isn't over. This as a local attorneys says there's a fine line between a message being offensive and a message being criminal.
The unexpected, 32 second voicemail caused outrage. "Were going to get rid of you. You're not needed anymore…You’re a racist bunch of Black, useless people,” the caller said. President JJ Minor isn't taking it lightly. "It's part of our mission to fight racism,” he said. Instead, the caller - who local authorities interviewed but haven't publicy identified - accuses the Civil Rights group of hate. "You’re anti-white. You hate whites and you accuse our President of being racist,” the caller added.
After sharing the message with authorities, NAACP members learned the person who made the call will not be prosecuted.
“After a thorough investigation by the Richmond Police Department, and after personally listening to the 32 second message, which was filled with racist and insulting language, we concluded that the language did not fall within the specific criminal elements necessary to a support a charge of either making a threatening phone call, or making a phone ring in an annoying manner, or curse and abuse,” Interim Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette Wallace McEachin said.
Area attorney Debra Corcoran understands why the Commonwealth isn't taking action.
"There was so much ambiguity in the language used. Most of the time, the authorities wont move on a threat like that unless it says something specific like 'I’m going to do this to you',” she explained.
That’s in spite of the caller saying “We’re going to get rid of you.”
"But how, what was the method? By protest? What method? Taking some criminal action? A weapon?...’I'm going to make sure you go away’ could be a myriad of things,” Corcoran explained.
"A threat is a threat…This isn't just about the NAACP. It's about all people,” Minor added.
These developments come days after Henrico and Hanover leaders stood together to denounce hate after the KKK distributed flyers to neighbors there. The Richmond NAACP says it is now organizing an anti-hate rally.
A full transcript of the message can be seen below:
“Yeah, you know what? You’re the racist bunch of people. Your organization needs to go away, and I am going to do what I can to make sure you go away. You are anti-white. You hate whites. And you accuse our president of being racist? Boy, boy, isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black? We’re going to get rid of you. You aren’t needed anymore, OK? I am going to do whatever I can make sure nothing comes to you - funds or anything. You’re a racist bunch of black, useless people.”
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