OFFICIAL PRESS STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
June 23, 2015
(TALLAHASSEE, FL) –The Florida State Conference (FSC) NAACP released the following statement regarding threats on Places of Worship located in Florida.
In the wake of the heinous, racially-motivated attack on the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, President Adora Nweze is urging all Places of Worship to be vigilant in reporting to law enforcement any and all threats of violence.
President Nweze met with leaders from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Tallahassee late last week. According to President Nweze, “Both agencies are actively monitoring domestic and foreign terrorist activities; however, agency leaders indicate that the best reporters are individuals who may become aware of threats through first-hand knowledge or social media.”
Recent reports indicate that Dylann Storm Roof utilized social media as a vehicle to post messages of racial intolerance and intentions to launch a race war including a plan to attack the Emmanuel AME Church. To prevent other individuals with similar racial-hatred from carrying-out any attack, the Florida State Conference of the NAACP, in partnership with the FDLE and FBI, is urging individuals and places of worship to monitor social media. Should you identify any threat, please capture that information either by print or photo capture and immediately notify law enforcement.
The recent tragedy is an indicator that we must not take any threat for granted. Therefore, we urge all Floridians to take action.
For further information, please contact Dale R. Landry, Chair, Criminal and Juvenile Justice Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.