Chesterfield NAACP president acquitted; Lucas arrested for stalking
Jeremy M. Lazarus | 10/23/2015, 6:43 a.m.
The president of the Chesterfield County Branch NAACP has been found not guilty of assaulting an NAACP member and advocate for special needs children.
LaSalle J. McCoy Jr., who also serves as secretary of the state NAACP, was acquitted last week at a hearing in Chesterfield General District Court.
In addition, a protective order that Kandise Lucas had secured against Mr. McCoy was dissolved, as was a contempt citation, which led Mr. McCoy to be kept in the county jail for a week leading up to the hearing.
Mr. McCoy did not respond to a request for comment. The alleged assault occurred when he barred Ms. Lucas from attending the September meeting of the Chesterfield NAACP.
However, the ruling has not ended the tumult that has engulfed the branch and Mr. McCoy, who still faces a charge of driving while intoxicated in August.
Ms. Lucas also distributed an email in which she stated that she and another branch member have filed a request with the Chesterfield commonwealth’s attorney to investigate alleged missing NAACP branch funds from two bank accounts to which Mr. McCoy has access. The commonwealth’s attorney’s office declined comment.
Meanwhile, following the Oct. 14 court hearing, Ms. Lucas was arrested and charged with stalking Renee Cooper, the Chesterfield NAACP first vice president. According to the arrest warrant, Ms. Cooper alleged Ms. Lucas was stalking her, cyber-bullying her family via computer and making her fearful. Ms. Lucas, who was released on her promise to appear at a Dec. 3 hearing, has denied the charge.
Separately, Ms. Lucas has announced plans to lead a demonstration against the state NAACP when members gather in Downtown for the 80th annual convention next week. Ms. Lucas said the protest is aimed at calling attention to the NAACP’s failure to support and advocate for African-American students and those with disabilities who must deal with “blatant civil rights violations by school districts.”