Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) sent a letter to Senators Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell expressing opposition to the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act, S. 3985. The JUSTICE Act fails to respond to decades-long demands for police accountability and reforms. Instead, it allows federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to continue to use policing tactics that have been known to hurt communities of color, such as chokeholds and no-knock warrants. In this moment, we cannot support legislation that does not embody a strong accountability framework for police officers and other law enforcement who engage in misconduct as well as needed reforms to policing practices. 

On June 1, 2020, LDF joined over 400 civil and human rights organizations in sending Congress a letter outlining an accountability framework for misconduct, ways to improve transparency and other needed reforms. The priorities detailed in that letter are entirely absent from the JUSTICE Act.
 
Read the letter to Senators Schumer and McConnell here.
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