CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) The NAACP has released a statement concerning Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke’s High Point Initiative plan.
The plan is to reduce crime within the city of Chattanooga, but NAACP President James Mapp thinks there are key elements missing from this plan.
He spoke about a few items, like socio-economic issues.
“I think if you would note that as the black teacher ratio went down, the achievement level of many blacks went down also," Mapp said.
He also lists a few suggestions on how the city can help improve these issues.
They recommend, educating the public on the specifics of the Violence Reduction Initiative, creating programs that help with job training and education in the inner city, and even help with developing a community crises response team.
The NAACP believes there is another problem and that’s with the Chattanooga justice system.
They do not see enough Black police officers, or prosecutors, or even judges.
Mapp explains the problem, “Out of the 17 judgeships in this county there's not one black in a judgeship.”
He added that these are the people who are decided the fates of young African American males.
While the NAACP does not oppose effective or productive criminal justice policies, they do want to point out that the High Point Initiative should be used as a starting point.