Greenville NAACP branch releases statement on deadly deputy-involved shooting


“The Greenville Branch of the NAACP extends our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Jermaine Massey, his wife, Tiffany Coleman, his children, and other family members.

Mr. Massey’s death in this Deputy-involved shooting poses many questions as to what occurred and how.

This recent fatal Greenville County Sheriff’s Deputy-involved shooting is evidence of the need for a greater level of communication between local law enforcement agencies and families in our communities. This tragedy has happened too often, especially in African American neighborhoods, regardless of fault, blame, or legal culpability. A fatal shooting is not only a minority issue but this tragedy is a countywide and nationwide issue.

The Greenville Branch of the NAACP, serving Greenville County, has been and continues, working with law enforcement agencies in the county for the last four years concerning community engagement, use of fatal force, and community policing, among other issues. The history of the handling and/or mishandling of shootings of unarmed African American males in this community and the State of South Carolina gives us great concern and always greater losses.

The Greenville Branch of the NAACP will continue to monitor the unfolding facts until an investigation is completed by the SC Law Enforcement Division to determine what additional action is needed. We are seeking clarity and access to the information related to this fatal shooting. If any citizen has additional information, please feel free to also share with the NAACP.”