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LDF Statement on Department of Justice’s Announcement of Federal Probe of Baltimore Police Department5/08/15
Today, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) commends the Department of Justice (DOJ) for launching a federal investigation of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) to determine whether BPD has engaged in a “pattern or practice” of violations of the Constitution and federal civil rights laws. The decision comes after Baltimore's young people, clergy, elected officials, and civil rights leaders, including LDF, asked U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to initiate such an investigation earlier this week.
Sherrilyn Ifill Among Panelists Discussing Law Enforcement and Communities of Color at W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s America Healing Conference5/07/15
Experts advance solutions for healing relationships between law enforcement and communities of color at America Healing Conference
"There are many ways to approach this. We must take this opportunity and not squander it. We need to be asking ourselves- How can we transform law enforcement, how can we elevate expectations of those charged to serve and protect equally?"
After Mass Arrests During Freddie Gray Protests, Baltimore Public Defender To Challenge 'Excessive' Bail Amounts
Monique Dixon, senior policy counsel for criminal justice at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF), said that arrests during the Baltimore protests became particularly aggressive after the city implemented a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew May 1 and police officers reduced the buffer time allowed for citizens to return home.