Frederick NAACP chief resigns after 3 years

January 30, 2002

Frederick County NAACP President Charlene Edmonds has stepped down after three years of high-profile confrontations with city and county officials. Former Vice President Denise A. West took over leadership of the local chapter, Edmonds said Monday.

Her tenure began with a crusade against alleged police brutality and racial profiling. When she learned that former Police Chief Ray Raffensberger had sent an officer to stake out a news conference at her home, she claimed a privacy violation, prompting an investigation.

Edmonds also leveled allegations that police had kept secret the name of a former alderman that appeared on client lists seized from an escort service.

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