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Protected: Baltimore, Maryland: Justice in Public Safety Project

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | page

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Protected: North Charleston, South Carolina: Justice in Public Safety Project

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | page

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Protected: New York, New York: Justice in Public Safety Project

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | page

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Policing Reform Campaign

Sunday, May 31, 2020 | page

  George Floyd’s life was stolen, like so many before him, by a pattern of violence committed by law enforcement officials that has resulted in the loss of countless Black lives stretching back decades.  It cannot go on like this. Black Americans have endured years upon years of police violence and cried out for justice […]

Case in Point: Four Holes in Officer Betty Shelby’s Defense

Friday, May 19, 2017 | ldf-perspectives

By David Jacobs, Senior Communications Associate at LDF Two nights ago, a jury in Tulsa, Oklahoma, found Police Officer Betty Jo Shelby not guilty of first-degree manslaughter for the September 2016 roadside killing of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed Black man. The verdict reinforced, once again, that police officers are almost never convicted for killing unarmed African Americans. […]

LDF Mourns the Loss of Legal Giant and Renowned Law Professor Charles Ogletree

Saturday, August 5, 2023 | news

Today, former LDF Board member and renowned professor of law at Harvard Law School, Charles Ogletree, Jr. passed away. He was 70. Professor Ogletree, affectionately known as “Tree,” served on LDF’s Board of Directors from 2009-2015. Closely associated with the evolution of Critical Race Theory, Tree was a giant in the legal academy and a […]

NAACP Legal Defense Fund and other civil rights leaders oppose national speaking engagement for officer who killed unarmed Black Man

Friday, November 9, 2018 | news

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) joined national, Tulsa, and Baton Rouge-based civil rights leaders and stakeholders today in a letter to the Southeastern Homicide Investigators Association (SEHIA), opposing the group’s decision to invite the officer who killed Terence Crutcher, an unarmed Black man, to headline its annual conference next week in […]

Ask A Candidate: Presidential Debate 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016 | news

Our country faces profound and important challenges in the years ahead. As the presidential candidates prepare to take to the podiums for the first debate, there are many essential questions anyone seeking our nation’s highest office must answer. Though far from exhaustive given the many pressing policy questions we face, over the course of the […]

LDF Sends Letters to Police Departments Calling For Investigation of Officers Involved in Attack on U.S. Capitol

Monday, February 22, 2021 | news

Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) sent joint letters to police departments in Tulsa, Oklahoma; North Charleston, South Carolina; Ferguson, Missouri; and Louisville, Kentucky. The letters call for a full and thorough investigation into any officers that were involved in the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol and were […]

The War on Truth: Anti-CRT Mania and Book Bans are the Latest Tactics to Halt Racial Justice

Thursday, December 16, 2021 | page

The War on Truth Anti-CRT Mania and Book Bans are the Latest Tactics to Halt Racial Justice By Ishena Robinson Deputy Editorial Director This is the first installment of an LDF series examining the recent rise of anti-truth laws. The second installment, which takes a broader historical view, can be read here. The third installment examining […]

Coalition Urges Department of Justice to Reopen Investigation Into Police Killing of Terence Crutcher

Thursday, September 16, 2021 | news

Today, the family of Terence Crutcher, joined by national civil and human rights legal organizations, local elected officials, and community activists and leaders, formally requested for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to reopen and evaluate its investigation into former Tulsa police officer Betty Jo Shelby’s shooting and killing […]

LDF Calls for Immediate Redress in the Death of Freddie Gray to End Outrage in Baltimore

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 | news

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (“LDF”) calls for immediate redress for the death of Freddie Gray and the long record of excessive use of force by the Baltimore Police Department in order to de-escalate tensions in Baltimore during this difficult period. The announcement of a state of emergency and the deployment of the […]

Sherrilyn Ifill Discusses Race Relations and Policing Reform at Google Zeitgeist Event

Thursday, September 22, 2016 | news

Today, LDF Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill joined civil rights activist DeRay McKesson at Google’s Zeitgeist event for an intimate and open discussion about current race relations in the US, systemic racism, and the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement. The two also touched upon recent police-involved shootings in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Charlotte, North Carolina. The […]

Sherrilyn Ifill in Washington Post: Tie Federal Funding of Local Law Enforcement to Meaningful Reform

Thursday, September 22, 2016 | news

Tackle racial bias in policing at the root While policing is largely a state and local function, the federal government has the power and obligation to impose this nationwide solution. Annually, it confers at least $2 billion in federal grants to police departments around the country. Tulsa has received $14 million since 2010; Charlotte has gotten $4 million. Larger jurisdictions receive considerably […]

LDF Celebrates Black History Month: Looking Back and Forging Ahead

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | news

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time to pay tribute to the extraordinary and critical role African Americans have played in shaping U.S. history. Over the next four weeks, we will be reflecting on LDF’s contribution to Black history by featuring several of our landmark civil rights […]