Posted at: 09/06/2013 5:54 PM
Updated at: 09/06/2013 6:02 PM
By: Dan Bazile
ALBANY -- Pastor Charlie Muller of Victory Christian Church in Albany took to the pulpit, not for a sermon, but to address the NAACP's criticism of Albany D.A. David Soares.
"If I'm being targeted because I'm white, we're going to continue to be active in our community," Muller said.
NAACP Albany Chapter President Bernard Brian was joined with Center for Law and Justice director Alice Green and others yesterday to talk about improvements between Albany Police and the Albany community. The topic turned to Saores and the question of unequal justice for whites and minorities.
"Mr. Soares, in trying to allay the fears of white suburbanites has basically turned his back on his own community," Bryan said.
Brian went on to say he doesn't see Soares, who claims to be African American, interact with that community . He said Soares shows up only when he's running for re-election, using Muller for help.
"It's like a bad Tarzan movie. He's got to go to Pastor Charlie to do the introduction," Bryan said.
"We just feel that this was just an unjust statement that was thrown out there by Mr. Bryan. If he's representing the NAACP he needs to be careful and get his facts right," Muller said. "We just wanted to not sit down and continue to be bullied. That's what this is. This is bullying."
Muller said the fact is, he and Soares often work together. But more often than not, he said the Albany County D.A. works through other organizations.
"I know for a fact that just through the summer he's helped many organizations," he said.
Bryan told Newschannel 13 his comments were not directed at Pastor Muller. He said he admires Muller's work in the community. He said his words were directed squarely at Soares.