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Celebrating 75 Years of LDF
President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) Sherrilyn Ifill issued the following statement regarding the indictment of Officer Betty Shelby, who killed Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, and the release of the Scott family’s video footage of the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte:
Janai Nelson Discusses Officer-Involved Shooting of Keith Lamont Scott on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams9/22/16
LDF Associate Director-Counsel Janai Nelson appeared on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams to discuss the fatal police-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina. His death set off a wave of protests demanding more transparency, accountability for officers who engage in criminal acts, and an end to police violence.
Sherrilyn Ifill in Washington Post: Tie Federal Funding of Local Law Enforcement to Meaningful Reform9/22/16
Today, Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger announced that his office would not seek criminal charges against the police officers responsible for the August 1 shooting that killed Korryn Gaines and injured her young son, Kodi. In a letter to the Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD), Shellenberger wrote that “based upon all of the circumstances, it is determined that this shooting was justified and the State will take no further action.” The BCoPD had alleged that Ms. Gaines threatened the officers, which led them to open fire after a nearly seven-hour standoff.