“Today is the worst day of my life,” said NACCP Delaware President Richard “Mouse” Smith Tuesday in front of the Delaware Department of Justice–reacting to the decision not to charge police officers in the killing of Lymond Moses.
Legal representation, elected officials, activists, and family members of Lymond Moses gathered to react a day after a Use of Force report was issued clearing the officers who killed Moses of any criminal wrongdoing.
Moses was shot to death in January 202 when, while fleeing from officers, he was cornered along a fenced off road, turned his vehicle around, and drove in the direction of officers. Police claimed officers believed he was driving toward them, while Moses’ family say he was clearly trying to drive around officers in an attempt to evade them.
“A message was sent to us that Black lives don’t matter,” Smith said. “That they can continue killing Black folks in this union state, that the police are always going to be right, that they’ve got the right to kill us and get away with it. Black folks do not have no protection when it comes to the Department of Justice. Black folks do not have no protection when it comes to the lawmakers of this state.”