NAACP Calls on District Attorney to Probe Shooting of Black Children

The charges against a North Carolina man who shouted racial slurs before shooting two children don't match the alleged crime.

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Digtriad is reporting that the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP isn't giving up its fight for additional charges against a man accused of shouting racial slurs before shooting two children.

NAACP leaders met at the Caswell County courthouse Tuesday morning to make their first public call of action under the county's new district attorney, Wallace Bradsher, who was elected in November 2010. The group wants additional charges brought against John Fuqua, a North Carolina man who witnesses say yelled racial slurs before shooting two children near his home with a shotgun. One of the children was shot in the face, while the other one was hit in the arm.

Fuqua was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. NAACP leaders said that they want to see Fuqua charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Fuqua was initially released after posting a $5,000 bond. He was brought into custody a second time when his bond was raised to $140,000. He posted that bond and was released. His trial date is listed for July 12, 2011. The national NAACP has joined with the local branch in its fight for stiffer charges.

A $5,000 bond for shooting two children is a clear indicator of how little law enforcement values the lives of children, regardless of race. If witnesses are telling the truth, then why wasn't Fuqua charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill? The ironic part about it is if those black kids had yelled racial slurs at Fuqua and shot him with a shotgun, they would more than likely be tried as adults, and for the stiffer charge. This adult and alleged racist shoots kids and gets hit with weak charges and even weaker fines. This scenario doesn't remotely sound as if there is even a possibility of justice for these kids, and that is the saddest part of it all.

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