Often, NAACP members and leaders frame their efforts as the real world actuation of BLM’s justifiable outrage. Carlton Mayers, policy counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Policing Reform Campaign, said activists making noise is critical to keep national attention on issues of racial injustice.
“You also need to have the people who are in the backdrop litigating these cases before the courts,” Mayers said. “They are the ones who are going to work to enact the policies that are needed to keep law enforcement accountable.”
He pointed to the LDF’s sustained work in New York City, Baltimore, Charleston and Ferguson, all locations of high-profile police killings, as examples.
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