Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) joined the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, NAACP, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, National Urban League, and National Action Network in sending a letter to Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo urging them to keep communities safe during this time of unrest and restore trust between police and the communities they serve.

The letter also list recommendations for how local police should interact with protesters in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, which include:

  • Refraining from using military equipment for crowd control
  • Prohibiting the use of tear gas for crowd control
  • Engaging with community leaders to create dialogue before and during assemblies
  • Protecting and respecting constitutional rights
  • Ensuring officers are accountable and identifiable during protests

Read the full letter here.

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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.

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