In the pursuit of justice and equality, civil rights organizations play a pivotal role in holding institutions accountable for their actions. The Georgia chapter of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) has once again taken up this crucial mantle in the case of Kenneth Herring, demanding accountability and justice for a tragic incident that has sent shockwaves through the community.
The Kenneth Herring Case:
A 62-year-old man faced a healthcare emergency following a car accident when he was assaulted and killed in an illegal citizens arrest attempt. Mr. Herring, having waited for the police department for twenty minutes, ultimately decided to leave the accident scene to seek emergency medical assistance. However, Hannah Payne, a witness at the scene, pursued, cornered, assaulted, and fatally shot Mr. Herring in 2019. In a recent development, a Clayton County jury, on Wednesday, reached a verdict, finding Hannah Payne guilty on eight criminal counts, including Malice Murder.
The Georgia NAACP's Stance:
The Georgia NAACP has been unwavering in its commitment to ensuring a thorough and transparent investigation into the events leading to Kenneth Herring's death. The organization contends that accountability is not only a necessity for the healing of the affected community but also a crucial step towards dismantling systemic issues that perpetuate racial injustice.
Call to Action:
The Georgia NAACP and the Clayton County NAACP extend an urgent appeal to all concerned citizens, urging their support for the family of Kenneth Herring. Join us on Friday, January 15, 2023, at 9 am in Room 403 of the Clayton County Courthouse. We implore citizens to actively participate in Court Watch for Justice alongside the Herring Family. Your presence and solidarity are crucial in the pursuit of justice for Kenneth Herring.
Statement of Georgia NAACP President Gerald Griggs
“We are sick and tired of African Americans being unjustly hunted and killed in this state. Ahmaud Arbery to now Kenneth Herring, it needs to stop,” said Griggs. “I’m trying to understand how somebody felt they had the right to box somebody in and ultimately execute them on the side of the road," stated President Gerald Griggs. Griggs said with the murder charges, the question is not if Payne will get life in prison, but whether she will get parole.“Based on what Miss Payne was found guilty of, the lowest she can get is life with the possibility of parole. The highest she can get is life without the possibility of parole plus several decades more,” Griggs explained.
The demand for justice in the Kenneth Herring case is not just about one individual; it represents a larger struggle for equality, accountability, racial intolerance, and the dismantling of systemic racism. The Georgia NAACP's commitment to holding institutions accountable and individuals is a testament to the ongoing fight for justice. As the case comes to its conclusion with sentencing, the eyes of the nation turn to Georgia, where the pursuit of justice takes center stage in the fight against racial injustice, We demand Justice for Kenneth Herring.