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Sherrilyn Ifill Puts Forward Federal Government's Role in Policing Reform

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

White House, Republicans Sidestep Many Police Reform Ideas

"...President Barack Obama is right when he reminds us that policing, like education, is a function of state and local government. And it's true that his options are limited.," wrote Sherrilyn Ifill, [President and Director-Counsel] of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, in a recent CNN op-ed piece. "And yet the federal government has proven to be quite adept at influencing education policy in states and cities. How? By conditioning federal funds on compliance with federal standards."

She added, "the Department of Justice provides more than $1 billion annually in grants to police departments across the country, those funds are provided free from obligations that awardees adopt federal standards on training, data collection or other measures with an explicit anti-racial bias focus. That must change."

Read the full artcle here.