Today, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc (LDF), sent a letter to the Department of Justice requesting the release of the DOJ’s reform assessment of the North Charleston Police Department. The DOJ’s commitment to the North Charleston community remains incomplete while incidents of police violence and other misconduct by NCPD officers continue. It has been six years since Michael Slager, a North Charleston police officer, killed Walter Scott on April 4, 2015. Since then, the North Charleston community has consistently worked to improve transparency and accountability and to decrease racial bias in the North Charleston Police Department’s law enforcement activities. The community needs the report to be released to understand the systemic issues that DOJ has uncovered and work with NCPD to reform. The ongoing racial bias audit being conducted by a private company will be benefited from the DOJ’s prior findings.

Read the full letter here


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