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Janai Nelson, LDF Associate Director-Counsel, states that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declaring a state of emergency before there is an actual emergency sets a "dangerous precedent":
Out of the Ferguson crisis, US News and World Report list, "5 Things Civil Rights Groups Want From Ferguson," a number of issues which civil rights organizations hope to focus debate as events unfold in Ferguson and reverberate throughout the country.
Sherrilyn Ifill joins a panel discussion on CNN's State of the Union with remarks on the impending grand jury decision.
Can Ferguson go from moment to movement?
Will the grand jury decision be a verdict on race in America and how many Fergusons and Michael Browns exist in the U.S?
In a USA Today op-ed, Sherrilyn Ifill looks beyond the issue of race and policing in Ferguson, Missouri to those of leadership and governance:
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.