NAACP's Clark talks about investigation into teen's death

By Jeff Lawson - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It has now been just over a month since Billy Joe Johnson Jr. died. Johnson was the 17-year-old star running back for the George County Rebels who died of a shotgun blast.

The teen had been stopped for a minor traffic violation and moments later, Johnson was dead, laying on top of a shotgun. His death left a family grieving and a community in shock.

Curley Clark of the Jackson County NAACP, says he is disappointed at how law enforcement initially dealt with the Johnson family.

"I think they could have done a better job interacting with the family," Clark told WLOX News.

Clark says that is why the family came to the NAACP, seeking answers. Clark wonders what might have happened if the family had not come to his organization.

"I am concerned if the NAACP and the community had not gotten involved initially, that a premature explanation might have been given for his death."

Much like everyone else, the family is desperate for answers. But for now, they can only wait. The investigation is ongoing, and District Attorney Tony Lawrence says it will be a very thorough one.