Today, LDF presented testimony to the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights hearing on “The State of Civil and Human Rights in the United States.”

Our testimony addresses the federal reforms suggested by LDF to increase oversight, accountability and transparency of local law enforcement.  We believe that Congress can play an important role in guaranteeing their adoption and their success, particularly as its relates to ensuring that those state and local law enforcement agencies receiving federal funding are in strict compliance with federal civil rights laws. Much of our testimony focuses on the extremely problematic practice of the Department of Defense to allow military equipment to be used by law enforcement in public schools and we call for an end to that practice.

Read the full testimony here.