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LDF Condemns Police Shooting Death of Akai Gurley in Brooklyn Public Housing; Urges National Call to Action on Law Enforcement Reform11/22/14
The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) condemns the tragic killing of Akai Gurley, a 28-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by police in the stairwell of his girlfriend’s public housing residence in Brooklyn last night. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton have publicly acknowledged that the shooting was unprovoked and that Mr. Gurley was a “total innocent,” as he was merely walking down the stairs with his girlfriend when he was killed.
Statement from Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of LDF in Response to Governor Nixon's Declaration of State of Emergency11/22/14
(New York, NY)--Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's executive order declaring an official state of emergency in the state of Missouri and activating the National Guard is not only heavy-handed and inflammatory, but also another example of this administration’s oppressive tactics against peaceful protests.
LDF Applauds President Obama's Announcement to Take Executive Action to Improve Our Nation’s Immigration System11/20/14
On Free Speech Radio News, LDF attorney Leah Aden commented on the Alabama redistricting case pending before the Supreme Court, noting that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act did not require Alabama to maintain exact percentages of Black voters in legislative districts to preserve Black voters' ability to elect their preferred candidates of choice.