|Published:||Jul 19, 2013 4:50 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 19, 2013 6:38 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott and Lee County NAACP President James Muwakkil have agreed to disagree.
The disagreement between the two men escalated after Scott sent the NAACP a letter outlining the problems he sees with the organization.
Sheriff Scott said any rough feelings between him and the local NAACP, are healed. Muwakkil said they've agreed to remain on friendly terms.
Sheriff Scott wrote a letter to the civil rights group, criticizing the local chapter for not doing enough to fight black on black crime. And the sheriff took issue with the group's effort to remove the Robert E. Lee portrait from the commission chambers. Now, Scott says after three phone conversations with Muwakkil, he feels they can get along well together.
"Professionally, sometimes you disagree on things, but you can still be friends and respect each other," said Scott.
Muwakkil said he feels better about his relationship with Scott, and that the two will meet face to face sometime next week.
"The black community supports Sheriff Scot," Muwakkil said by phone today.
Muwakkil was not available for an on-camera interview.
Sheriff Scott said he does not regret writing his letter, and he still will not attend a fundraising event for the NAACP. Otherwise, he believes any rift between him and the group, is over.
"He believes the Zimmerman trial and the Trayvon Martin death were racial, I do not...," said Sheriff Scott.