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CHARLESTON, SC - Family members of 19-year-old Denzel Curnell are still looking for answers, a month after the teen allegedly committed suicide in front of a Charleston police officer.
On Monday morning, officials with the NAACP Charleston Branch held a news conference to discuss how their civil rights organization plans to get involved. Officials announced intentions to pursue a federal investigation into the case.
Reverend Joseph A. Darby Jr. read a prepared statement on behalf of the organization and said, "The information provided will be sent to the Department of Justice with a request for a federal investigation."
Members of the Charleston NAACP say inconsistencies surrounding the teen's shooting death back on June 20th, and gaps of information in the case, have prompted further action in the community.
Curnell's stepfather, Dwayne German, stood behind NAACP officials during the news conference and later spoke to News 2 about his stepson's death. German explained, "It's totally inconsistent with who he was. He did not commit suicide…Nothing is going to bring him back short of a resurrection. I would like to see justice!" Dot Scott, President of the Charleston Branch of the NAACP, added, "We have this discussion anytime that we feel justice is not served."
NAACP members also believe racial profiling played a role in the teen's death. Scott explained, “The Charleston Branch of the NAACP will devote a portion of our next monthly meeting to a town hall session on racial profiling."
Members of the NAACP encourage young black men and their families, who feel they've been racially profiled, to come to the Morris Brown AME Church on Thursday evening, where they will continue to discuss this case.
Officials with the Charleston branch of the NAACP encourage anyone unable to attend, or who fear retribution or retaliation if they speak out, to call their branch at (843) – 805 – 8030.
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