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Lawyers’ Committee Statement on the Killing of Nine People at Historic Black Church in Charleston, S.C.

For Immediate Release June 18, 2015

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Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 18, 2015John Nonna, co-chair of the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s (Lawyers’ Committee) board of directors and trustees, and Tanya Clay House, public policy director, released the following statement in response to the killing of nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.:

“The Lawyers’ Committee is saddened by Wednesday’s tragic shooting deaths of nine innocent people attending a prayer service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

We applaud today’s announcement that the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, the FBI, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina are opening up a hate crime investigation into the shooting, an investigation parallel to and cooperative with the state’s investigation.

We decry the alleged racial motivations of the alleged shooter and remain hopeful that justice will prevail in this case.

The Lawyers’ Committee and the nationwide nonpartisan Election Protection Coalition have worked with partners and residents in South Carolina on voting rights.  We extend deep condolences to victims’ families, congregants of Emanuel AME Church, and the diverse communities of South Carolina and call for continued peace throughout this process.”

About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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