Read a PDF of our statement here.

“Dear Mayor Young and Police Commissioner Harrison:

On behalf of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF),1 we write to raise several concerns about the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) Aerial Investigation Research Pilot Program, which is better known to Baltimore City residents as the aerial surveillance plane program.2 First, there is no evidence that the program will accomplish the stated goals of investigating and solving crimes. Additionally, reviving an aerial surveillance program, secretly launched and rejected four years ago, in a city that is under a federal consent decree to address racially discriminatory and otherwise unlawful policing practices is unlikely to engender the public trust needed to assist the police with public safety issues…”

Read the full letter here.


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