Richmond NAACP president ‘disgusted’ by threatening voicemail

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RPD chief says investigation revealed person's identity, no charges being pursued

James “J.J” Minor

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The president of the Richmond chapter of the NAACP, James “J.J.” Minor, told 8News earlier in the month that he was “shocked and disgusted” when he heard a threatening voice message left for the chapter.

Richmond Police Chief William Smith said in a statement Tuesday that an investigation revealed the identity of the person who left the message but charges are not being pursued at this time.

When the Richmond Police Department received the call concerning the threatening message left on the NAACP Richmond Chapter’s voicemail, detectives were immediately assigned to investigate.  Richmond Police were able to identify and locate the person and interviewed him and his family about this incident. Further, we consulted with the Richmond Field Office of the FBI as well as the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.  At this time, charges have not been pursued.  

Richmond Police have been in frequent contact with NAACP leadership to provide updates on the investigation.  Again, the Richmond Police Department stands with the NAACP in denouncing hateful rhetoric and will investigate all threats reported.”

Richmond Police Chief William Smith

The 32-second message, sent to 8News by the community forum United Communities Against Crime, comes from an unidentified male who immediately accuses members of the Richmond chapter as being racist.

“Yeah, you know what, you’re the racist bunch of people. Your organization needs to go away, and I’m going to do what I can to make sure you go away,” the voice can be heard saying.

“You’re anti-white, you hate whites, and you accuse our president of being racist? Boy, isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black. We’re going to get rid of you, you’re not needed anymore, okay? I’m going to do whatever I can to make sure nothing comes to you. Funds or anything. You’re a racist, bunch of black, useless people,” the person continued.

Minor said that this was the second or third threatening call the chapter has received since he’s been president, but with the recent events in the country he didn’t want to take any chances.

“We’re here, we’re not going anywhere and I’m not afraid to die,” he told 8News. “Racism, it is not a mental illness, it is an act of evil and for you to make a call saying that you’re going to get rid of me or get rid of an organization it just makes me sick to my stomach.”

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