Threats to Spokane NAACP President spark rally

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane City Council will recognize the president of the NAACP for her work in the community Monday night, especially after a threatening package was sent to her almost two weeks ago.

People are planning to gather outside of City Hall for a rally that is about to start to show their support for Rachel Dolezal and the NAACP at 5:30 p.m. Monday. They want to keep the spotlight on finding out who sent a package with threatening documents to the civil rights organization.

Some of the documents found inside a package sent to the Spokane NAACP last month contained threatening photos and racist images addressed to the local chapter president.

Leaders with the NAACP told KREM 2 News that Rachel Dolezal is focused on her work, even though some of the documents were threats toward her. They are confident investigators will figure out where the package came from.

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"I do believe they are actively pursuing this case so I do believe that truly the perpetrators will be brought to justice," said Kyle Norbet with the NAACP.

Spokane Police said that this is an ongoing investigation and a top priority, but cannot comment on the case and how long it make take to finish. Members of the Spokane Human Rights Commission want to keep talking about the case until then.

"The people who sent in the package have still not been caught, police are still investigating who they are or what group they belong to," added Norbet.

Cases involving racially motivated threats do not always get solved. Rachel Dolezal has dealt with that in the past. But members of the NAACP say they are confident they can keep the attention on this issue as long as needed.

"I do believe that we have the endurance that we will be able to sustain this that something will be done," said Blaine Stum with the Human Rights Commission.

That rally will be around 5:30 p.m. Monday and last until the City Council Meeting begins. Council Members will present a salutation to Rachel Dolezal tonight to thank her for the NAACP's work in Spokane, especially during tough moments like when she received that package.


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