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Related Case or Issue: Policing Reform Campaign

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) today appealed the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s (NYDA) failure to respond to a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request for materials related to New Yorkers’ inclusion in NYDA’s gang database(s). FOIL requires New York City agencies to respond to a records request within five business days of receiving of the request, and the NYDA’s failure to do so amounts to a constructive denial of the request.

This appeal and the underlying FOIL request follows LDF and the Center for Constitutional Rights’ (CCR) recent FOIL requests seeking information about the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) gang policing tactics. LDF and CCR also sent a letter to the New York City Council requesting an oversight hearing about the NYPD’s gang policing practices, which was just scheduled for June 11, 2018.

Read LDF’s FOIL appeal here.

Read LDF’s May 9th FOIL request here.



Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and 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.