The Victor Valley branch (1082) of the NAACP held a press conference to voice concern over the death of Dante Parker, who succumbed while in police custody. The details of his death while in police custody are sketchy with apparent lapses that are both troubling and cause for concern.
The conference was opened by Southwest Area Director of the NAACP, Ron Hasson, he shared the why, and the organization’s concern for the rash of deaths of African American males by law enforcement.
The second speaker was president of the local branch, Samuel Carl, who built on the statement by Mr. Hasson, calling for transparency, accountability, and the use of body cameras for all deputies in the field.
Cameron Sehat, an attorney representing the family stated what his office hopes to accomplish, and the possibility of a lawsuit against the department.
Mrs. Bianca Parker, the surviving spouse of Dante, his mother Deltra McCoy, two of their five children, twin daughters scheduled to graduate from Silverado High School in 2015, and other family members were present. Mrs. Parker read the birthday card she had purchased for her husband’s birthday, he was killed on August 12, and his 37th birthday was August 14, She shared the trauma of not knowing what had happened, that fateful Tuesday evening that will always be etched in her memory. They delayed dinner, waiting for his return, his dad and brother were visiting to celebrate his birthday. The incident with police apparently occurred around 4pm, but Mrs. Parker was not notified, she started calling hospitals around 11pm, and that led to her receiving the news around 1am that her husband would not be returning to the family he adored, nor to his job at the Daily Press Newspaper.
There was not a dry eye, even among seasoned journalists, who have seen it all… as she shared the heartbreak, the anger, the pain, etc.
A.Majadi, 1st vice president of the San Bernardino branch of the NAACP also spoke at the conference, and Ms, Deltra McCoy, his mother.
Media outlets represented were: KNBC News; CBS/LA; Channel 7 eyewitness News, the San Bernardino Sun, The Precinct Reporter and the Daily Press. Other media outlets gathering information about the conference included The American Newspaper, and Westside Story Newspaper.
The Victor Valley branch of the NAACP is appreciative for those outlets for embracing the cause of human rights by their mere appearance.