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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware NAACP is calling for a special prosecutor to investigate a shooting by Wilmington police that left a man gravely wounded.

Twenty-four-year-old Marvin Jones is a quadriplegic on life support following the shooting during a traffic stop in January.

A police spokeswoman said after the shooting that the suspect had shot at officers and that one officer "returned fire." Police now say Jones never pulled the trigger, but they say he pointed a gun at officers.

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With the shooting of an African American teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, an effort is now underway to get law enforcement officers in Delaware to wear body cameras to better account for what happens when situations turn violent. Richard Smith, state president of the NAACP in Delaware, says it would go along way toward easing tensions between the police and the black community.  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Smith about the prospect of getting body cameras for local police.

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Top Delaware State Police officials are looking at the idea of equipping state troopers with body cameras in the wake of the Missouri shooting of a black teenager by police officer.

Governor Jack Markell says he is open to deploying body cameras on police.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that for the last ten years state troopers have used in-car cameras with microphones.

A meeting with the governor is set between Delaware Police Colonel Nathaniel McQueen and Richard Smith, president of the Delaware NAACP, who has called for body cameras.

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Reverend Richard Smith pastor of Ocean City’s St. Luke/St. Andrew Parish has died.

The 67-year Smith had been the pastor of the parish since 2009.

He served in the military in the late 1960’s and entered St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore where he received a Bachelor of Arts and Baccalaureate degrees in sacred theology.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Luke Church today.

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The recent decision by two members of the Sussex County Council not to provide a grant of $100 each to a youth program by the NAACP has caused an uproar. Council members Sam Wilson and Vance Phillips decided not to provide the grant because the organization's name included the phrase for the advancement of colored people, which they felt was discriminatory. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Richard Smith, president of the state NAACP, who said after he appeared before the council this week to protest the vote Phillips did reach out to him in an email.