RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held a press conference Friday morning to address the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.
"In this moment, we must honor all officers of the law that do serve and that do protect," said NC NAACP President William J. Barber. "We cannot allow those who misuse the badge to scar or cause us to have a generalized distrust of all. We have to honor the great majority of those officers who do love the community and everyday try to do right."
During the press conference, Barber addressed the need for stronger gun regulations.
"We have to ban these assault weapons because we put our police and our communities at risk if we don't do it," he said.
In turn, he believes the country needs to come together and put political differences aside.
"This is no time to offer the solution being more guns will keep us safer," Barber said. "This is no time to deny racism, this no time for misguided disdain for all police, and this is surely no time for more violence."