NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – More than two months after a 31-year-old man was killed by a Metro police office, the NAACP is continuing to demand answers.
Ludye Wallace, the Nashville branch president of the organization, said Jocques Clemmons is another “statistic” of people “shot down by those sworn to protect us.”
According to Wallace, no minorities were involved in the investigation into Clemmons’ death.
“The team consists of two career prosecutors, one ex-police officer,” Wallace said. “No minorities. We are suspicious of the process.”
Clemmons died the afternoon of Feb. 10 at the Cayce Homes in East Nashville. He was shot by Metro-Nashville police officer Joshua Lippert after Clemmons reportedly ran from a traffic stop and the officer spotted a gun in his possession.
An autopsy report showed Clemmons was shot three times and was grazed by a bullet.
“When he passed away, I already knew it. When I got to the hospital, just by the way people was standing around. They kept putting me off and I kept telling them, ‘Just tell me. I already know just because I felt it in my heart.’ Me and my son was connected, and can’t nobody take that. Nobody but Officer Lippert took that from me,” Sheila Clemmons Lee said.
The NAACP was founded in 1909 and is the nation’s oldest and largest non-partisan civil rights organization.