The Pitt County NAACP President says he is disturbed, angry, and upset about a fake suspect in the killing of a Florida man in Greenville this weekend. Police say a white man, Kevin Kleber, made up claims that a black man killed his father Sunday at an apartment on East 10th Street. Thursday, police said Kleber confessed to killing his dad.
The president of the Pitt County chapter of the NAACP, Calvin Henderson, says an innocent black man who looked similar to the sketch could have been arrested.
"In this country, it's very dangerous because you can be the target of anybody's false accusations and incidents that happen. If you're black, you can just be picked out," said Henderson.
Henderson says this case is especially disturbing because of the history of African-Americans falsely accused of crimes. In 1994, Susan Smith made national headlines when she claimed a black man stole her car with her two young sons in the back seat. She later recanted and confessed she killed her sons. In 2008, John McCain volunteer Ashley Todd claimed a black Barack Obama supporter in Pennsylvania, carved the letter "b" on her face. She said admitted that wasn't true.
Both blacks and whites we spoke to say the developments in the Kleber case are disturbing. Others aren't sure it was racially motivated.
"He probably was just trying to find anyway to throw the police off so he could get away with the crime," said Felicia Braggs of Greenville.
Calvin Henderson says even though Monday is Martin Luther King Junior Day, and February is Black History month, there's still a lot of work to be done in the area of justice and equality for all people.
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