ACLU of South Carolina Statement on Charleston Church Shooting
CHARLESTON – Victoria Middleton, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina, had this comment in reaction to the killing of nine people last evening at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church:
“The ACLU of South Carolina expresses its profound condolences to the victims’ families in the wake of this senseless tragedy. Events like this are further evidence that we need to be fighting for racial equality in our daily lives. Although the motives are unclear at this point, this attack against Black people in an institution that has such historical and cultural importance detracts from years of healing undertaken by our communities. Senator Clementa Pinckney stood for civil liberties, and we mourn his loss with the other victims.”
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