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"It's time for a change" in South Carolina -NAACP

Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 01:15

''In the past five years, 209 police officers in our state have fired at a suspect'' says President of the Charleston chapter of the NAACP, who is calling for change after a recent shooting by a white police officer was caught on video. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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"It's time for a change" in South Carolina -NAACP

Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 01:15