Sheriff to do... around 6 o'clock this evening the lee county tupelo naacp branch met to talk about the comments from sheriff jim johnson that surfaced.
As a collective they say an apology would be the first step in the right direction.
"it was a racist statement, but i'm not going to say he's a racist."
That is what naacp president rev.
Chris traylor had to say after the offensive statements from sheriff jim johnson surfaced.
According to an article written by the daily journal the screenshotted message read full screen "he's worse than a black person, you're not going to please him."
And the naacp says that's not what the community of lee county stands for.
"we insure to society that all individuals have equal rights and to make sure there's no hatred or racial discrimination, that's what we stand for" after meeting today the naacp is requesting another statement from the sheriff.
"we're asking you to come and let the public know that the statement you made it was a derogatory statement to our community not only to the black community but to the whole lee county area and we're asking for you come and apologize."
The naacp is hoping that an apology comes from sheriff jim johnson in efforts to insure that the community stands together.
"and i respect the sheriff of lee county but i respect the sheriff of lee county to say the right words and the right things about every community."
According to the article jim johnson went on record saying the statements came out of aggravation but also cleared up according to the article jim johnson went on record saying the statements came out of aggravation but also cleared up his statement by saying when you play the race card, yes, it's difficult to please some people.
Reporting live in tupelo erin wilson wtva 9 news.