source: The Maneater
published: 9 July 2014
National attention has been drawn to the constitutionality of the death penalty due to the botched execution of Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett that took place in April.
After a period of seven weeks free of executions in the United States, three executions were scheduled in 24 hours last Tuesday, one of which took place in Missouri. John Winfield, executed in Missouri on June 18, was the 75th person to be executed in the state of Missouri since 1976.
The Missouri chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has vowed to enact the largest-ever push for abolishment of the death penalty after Lockett’s execution and the recent acceleration in the rate of executions taking place in Missouri.
NAACP has historically opposed the death penalty and its core values lie in its mission that states “the mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.”