A young man from New Jersey had his dreams of becoming a police officer dashed after he became a convicted felon for the possession of a legally owned firearm.
And he claims that one organization he thought he could turn to turned him down instead.
When Steffon Josey-Davis, 24, reached out to the NAACP for help with a weapons charge he said stemmed from a simple mistake, he said he was flatly denied.
“I went to the NAACP and they refused to help me,” Josey-Davis said Wednesday at his second appearance on Fox & Friends.
“And they say black lives matter? But obviously they really don’t because I didn’t fit their agenda.”
A phone call to the NAACP’s Metuchen-Edison Branch was not returned to BizPac Review on Thursday.
Josey-Davis started a GoFundMe page four months ago to help pay for ongoing legal bills. He described the incident that occurred in September 2013:
I was preparing myself for work, grabbing my firearm out of my safe, bulletproof vest, making my way to the garage. While in the process of disarming my firearm, my little sister came into the garage. To avoid any accidents, I put the firearm in the glove compartment moments after putting my bulletproof vest on the passenger seat. After securing my firearm, I took my sister upstairs to put her back in bed.
Josey-Davis was working as an armored guard and was a responsible gun-owner by all indications. He simply forgot he had locked away the gun to protect his 6-year-old sister.
Josie-Davis didn’t recall the firearm until he was pulled over for a routine traffic violation as he rushed to work. He said he immediately informed the police officer – whom he knew – about his legally owned gun in the glove box.
The officers took my firearm and let me go. When I went to claim my firearm from the police department they arrested me and charged me with unlawful possession of a firearm I legally owned.
I was facing 10 years in prison for a simple technicality. I am now a convicted felon.
Josey-Davis said he thought the NAACP would help him since they have been supporters of the #BlackLivesMatter movement that has swept the nation.
He thought wrong.
“I’m out here doing better for myself and trying to provide for my family. My life matters too.
“I’m not a criminal whatsoever and [the NAACP] should be helping me just like they help other black young men out there,” he said.
“Basically I’m not getting shot by a police officer so they’re not going to come out and defend me.”
Josey Davis said he took a plea deal for fear of going to prison for 10 years. Now, he says, he lost his job, a chance at becoming a cop, and the money he had saved to build a new future.
Josey-Davis said he was forthright with his honest mistake and his life shouldn’t be ruined for it.
The NAACP may not be helping this young man, but the NRA is. Check out their video below:
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