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JACKSON, Miss. (FOX13) -

Among the legal issues taken up by the Mississippi NAACP, which is holding its 68th annual convention in Jackson this weekend, is an investigation into the disappearance of James Irby in Walls.

Mississippi NAACP Vice President Charles Hampton expressed his concern over the investigation into the disappearance of Irby.

"With the James Irby case, since this man has been missing since May 4 and nobody has heard from him, the NAACP and my personal opinion believe he is dead, and whatever authorities should be trying to recover a body. The MBI (Mississippi Bureau of Investigation) has assured us that they would get involved and help us find this man.

"What is amazing to me is that nobody has interviewed the officer who made the traffic stop," Hampton added. "He said he tasered the man and he ran 400 yards and he didn't attempt to go after him. Something is wrong with that story. Someone should require the former chief and officer involved to answer some questions."
 
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Also of concern at the conference new voter identification laws, which drew concern from DeSoto County NAACP President Thomas Plunkett.

"I just left the voter empowerment conference and we talked about the voter I.D. situation, how important it is for each individual each citizen to get the correct I.D., so they will be able to vote in the next election," Plunkett said.

"We see laws like the voter I.D. Law in Mississippi and we plan to challenge that law to the best of our ability because we think that it's wrong that it says," Hampton added. "You must have an I.D. to vote."

Classes and seminars at the state NAACP convention, which run from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., are not limited to the I.D. issue.

"Well, we are looking at four primary issues in the State of Mississippi: quality of education for our children, access to voting, access to affordable care, and worker rights," said Derrick Johnson, Mississippi NAACP President. "These are the four issues that still permeate all across this state and next year will be the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer. These are the same four issues that Civil Rights workers came from across the country to work on and they are still relevant issues today."

The NAACP state conference concludes Saturday in the state capital  of Jackson. Over 300 delegates are in attendance.

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