Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc (LDF) submitted comments on the state of implementation of the Ferguson Consent Decree. Since the beginning of the consent decree’s implementation nearly six years ago, one challenge has remained constant: The Parties and Monitor have struggled to meaningfully engage with the Ferguson community in a consistent, comprehensive, and transparent way. This struggle is documented through community member and stakeholder testimony to the Court, and the Parties’ and Monitor’s own admissions. The Parties and Monitor must commit to meaningful engagement with community members, despite the inability to hold in-person gatherings during the pandemic.

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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. Follow LDF on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.