The New England Area Conference of the NAACP has made the stunningly ill-advised move of asking a state representative to continue serving Massachusetts from behind bars. Democratic Rep. Carlos Henriquez is currently serving a six-month jail sentence for assaulting his former girlfriend in July 2012. The state Ethics Committee has called for the expulsion of Henriquez from his current position, but the NAACP wants him to continue his position from jail until a decision is made.
Unfortunately for them, the State House of Representatives voted to expel Henriquez today by a margin of 146-5. But in a letter sent out by the NEAC, they asked lawmakers to either abstain from voting or vote against expelling Henriquez. “The House of Representatives must respect the Massachusetts judicial process and let Representative Henriquez’s case before the Appeals Court proceed, without jumping to judgment before the appellate decision is rendered,” read the letter. “Representative Henriquez was duly elected by the electorate and there is no legal basis upon which the House of Representatives can properly act.”
The NEAC said that because “there is no currently no rule for expulsion” in misdemeanor convictions, removing Henriquez from his role would be a baseless decision. They have also asked for a delay on the hearing in order for a “fair process to take place, as required under the law.”
The NAACP tirade marks the latest in a string of negative headlines against them in recent months. Last July, the head of the South Carolina branch of the NAACP was arrested outside of a dry cleaning establishment for trespassing after warning, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
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