Police Chief Chris Watts and Mayor John Gettys urged calm. They were joined in spreading that message by the local leader of an organization that historically has served as an adversary of racism and brutality by law enforcement — the NAACP. “The officers that are called to serve and protect are not the officers that were out on the scene yesterday,” Norma Gray, president of the Rock Hill NAACP branch, said during the June 24 news conference. “We are asking you to protect them. Black Lives Matter. All Lives Matter. These officers need to go home to their families unbruised, unharmed.”
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