NAACP Calls New DA To Investigate Shooting Of Children

6:20 PM, Feb 22, 2011   |    comments
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Caswell County, NC -- The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP isn't giving up their 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.

The group wants additional charges brought against John Fuqua. Investigators charged Fuqua in a shooting involving children in September of 2009. Authorities said Fuqua injured two children after shooting a shotgun near his home as the victims walked down the road. One child was hit in the face and the other was hit in the arm. Neighbors said they heard Fuqua yell racial slurs before the incident happened.

He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. NAACP leaders said 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.

Fuqua has a trial date listed for July 12, 2011.

The national branch of NAACP joined the local branch with their fight in November 2009.

"We don't want special justice. We just want equal justice. We want a timely resolution to these serious matters," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the NC NAACP. ""This whole community, white, black, whoever they are, parents, should be in an uproar about this because injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Caswell County's District Attorney's Office has changed leadership since the charges were first filed. Former DA Joel Brewer retired in 2010 after 16 years on the job, shortly before admitting to inappropriately kissing and touching women and impersonating a law enforcement officer. 

As of February 25, Brewer will no longer be able to practice law in North Carolina.

Wallace Bradsher was elected as Caswell County District Attorney in November 2010.

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