NAACP seeks further inquiry into Mississippi police force

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Posted: Jul 22, 2015 8:38 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi NAACP officials want further investigation of a small-town police force and one of its officers following the death of a black man after an encounter with the officer.

The organization said in a statement Wednesday that it wants an outside inquiry into Stonewall's police force.

Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson says the group seeks a background check, mental health evaluation and drug test of 25-year-old Officer Kevin Herrington, the part-time officer involved in the July 8 physical encounter that left Jonathan Sanders dead.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and FBI are investigating.

Stonewall Police Chief Michael Street has told residents Herrington was required to take a drug test after Sanders' death. Asked whether he was tested for steroids, Street said he didn't know.