SCLC president suspended after comments regarding 2nd Amendment

Posted: April 3, 2015 at 5:47 am

ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference has suspended Georgia President Rev. Sam Mosteller over comments he made at a news conference on Tuesday.

Mosteller said it's time for African-Americans to change how they deal with police.

I am going to advocate at this point that all African-Americans advocate their Second Amendment rights, Mosteller said.

The Second Amendment states: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Despite his statement about the Second Amendment, Mosteller said he's not encouraging African-Americans to arm themselves.

I said the Second Amendment right. I didn't say pack weapons, Mosteller said.

Mosteller said the fatal police shooting of Anthony Hill in DeKalb County and Nick Thomas in Cobb County, both of whom were unarmed, is a wake up call.

"When one is killed senselessly, that one is too many," Mostellar said. "These killings are reminiscent of the days of old when African-Americans did not have to provoke an officer to become harmed and be endangered species. Black men -- no matter the age -- are indeed endangered species today, and we must come together with the police community to determine what can be done to stop their violence!"

National SCLC president, Dr. Charles Steele, Jr., issued the following statement. It reads in part:

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