Springfield NAACP President receives threatening, racially hateful letter


    Springfield NAACP President receives threatening, racially hateful letter. (WKEF/WRGT)

    SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WRGT/WKEF) -- Springfield Police are on the hunt for the person responsible for sending a threatening letter to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Police and city officials are outraged. On Friday, they sat alongside the NAACP for a news conference.

    Law enforcement and the NAACP would not go into detail about what the letter said, but did give FOX45 an idea. The raw emotion from the press conference told the story. Springfield NAACP President Denise Williams was disgusted.

    "What is it about the color of my skin that caused you to do such craziness, and to say such craziness?" Williams erupted.

    Springfield police said she received the threatening letter on Wednesday, and that it was full of racial hate.

    “The letter in itself, with the threats, is criminal in nature, and we are going to pursue everything we can to try and find out who did this,” Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf said.

    "You were bad enough to write this nasty letter, but you weren't strong enough to put your name and phone number?" Williams asked rhetorically.

    The anonymous hate mail is currently at the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) being tested.

    “This letter will be checked forensically in just about every way that you can think of,” Chief Graf said.

    The author is being pursued by numerous law enforcement agencies in the state, and at the federal level.

    “This is not what Springfield is all about,” Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland said.

    Police are asking the public to come forward if you think you know anything about the letter.

    “We need to continue to fight the monster known as racism,” Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward said.

    “To try to silence me? It’s not going to happen,” Williams said, “It's just going to make me speak out more.”

    The person who wrote the letter could face charges of ethnic intimidation or civil rights violations. Chief Graf said he wants the stiffest penalty enforced.

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