Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc (LDF) submitted comments regarding the implementation of the Ferguson Consent Decree. It has been five years since the approval of the consent decree and much of the work remains undone. LDF is concerned that several actions taken or contemplated by Ferguson officials are inconsistent with the letter and spirit of the consent decree. The following comments are outlined in greater detail within the letter:  

  • After five years, Ferguson city officials have failed to meet many of the consent decree’s requirements, including officer training and key policy implementation.
  • Ferguson officials have not complied with the community engagement provisions of the consent decree.
  • The FPDs apparent circumvention of the consent decree’s requirements to protect protestors’ first amendment rights by relying on outside law enforcement agencies is disturbing. 
  • The parties should consider the racial impact of the use of ShotSpotter and include mechanisms to prevent its abuse. 


Read the full letter here


Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization. LDF has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.

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