The S.C. NAACP says it is investigating traffic stops conducted by the Pickens County Sheriff’s office after Sheriff Rick Clark refused to lower the department’s American flag to honor the passing of former South African president Nelson Mandela.
“What happens to young people, particularly African-American males, when they are stopped in Pickens County,” S.C. NAACP president Lonnie Randolph asked during a news conference on Thursday to announce plans for the 2014 King Day at the Dome Rally. “A fish wouldn’t get in trouble if he kept his mouth shut. He opened his mouth, and we are going to look into it.”
I previously wrote about Sheriff Rick Clark refusing to lower the department’s flag to half-staff in memory of Nelson Mandela. The reason given by Clark was because Mandela wasn’t an American citizen.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.