Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) submitted written testimony to the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, which is holding hearings this week on a number of policing bills. LDF submitted testimony in favor of a full repeal of the Maryland Law Enforcement Officer Bill of Rights (LEOBR) and in opposition to amendments to LEOBR. LEOBR provides special rights and protections to officers that delay and impede accountability and transparency for police misconduct.

Read the written testimony 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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