Denise Williams, president of the NAACP Springfield Chapter, said she had been in touch with Springfield Police Chief Stephen Moody and Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly.
“I was glued to the TV watching the news waiting to see what the complete details were … however, my heart is saddened and we definitely need to remain calm and in prayer,” she said.
Derrick Foward, president of the Dayton Unit of the NAACP, said police accountability, particularly in the deaths of black men, is needed to address the issue.
“Until our nation starts to grapple with the underlying issues of law enforcement accountability, our nation will probably start to continue to see a lot more of these acts, of uncharacteristic acts, of violence,” he said. “It does not make it right that someone would do any harm to any law enforcement agency … our hearts go deeply out to the law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in Baton Rouge. I would urge calm inside our community.”
Caroline Reinwald contributed to this report.