Former NAACP president and wife release statement regarding domestic violence allegations

Former NAACP president and wife release statement regarding domestic violence allegations

Phil Tyler and wife Meg Demand released the following statement Friday regarding domestic violence allegations against him:

“Meg and I want to let both our supporters and detractors know that we are neither running nor hiding from this issue.

We are following our faith and know we are on a path for a purpose.

We have conferred with our friend and advocate Carmen Pacheco Jones and Meg is having an initial meeting with NOW to determine their willingness to engage in constructive conversations and paths in continuing to serve and advocate for the community we love.

We will, at a later date, provide a response, in person, to our friends in the media.

For now, we would like to say sorry to any survivors that may have felt revictimized or traumatized by the story or our video. Our emotional response was genuine and ours. It is not our intention to cause more pain…for anyone…ourselves included.

I do not deny the matters of record; juvenile issue, resisting arrest, or the 1998 protection order as a result of my child custody battles. Going through a situation, such as divorce, is traumatic on all parties involved. I have grown, however, from every experience in my past and I have learned from them as well. There are allegations and characterizations that are not true and while I admit to not being perfect in my past, I am willing, as a leader to discuss these.

To those who have been impacted by their support for us, we apologize for creating an uncomfortable space for you, but we appreciate your continued support, faith and love.”