Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) joined 385 other organizations, assembled by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, in sending a letter to congressional leadership requesting swift and decisive action in response to recent police killings and other violence against Black people across the country. The letter describes urgently needed reforms on a range of policing issues, including use of force, police accountability, racial profiling, militarization, data collection, and training.

The coalition seeks that Congress implements eight major legislative reforms, including:

  • Requiring a federal standard that use of force be reserved for only when necessary as a last resort after exhausting reasonable options, and incentivize states to implement this standard;
  • Requiring the use of de-escalation techniques, and the duty to intervene; and
  • Banning the use of force as a punitive measure or means of retaliation against individuals who only verbally confront officers, or against individuals who pose a danger only to themselves, and require all officers to accurately report all uses of force.

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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