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1 NAACP Smart & Safe Initiative Effective Law Enforcement Campaign
March 2010

2 NAACP History & New Program
Oldest civil rights organization in the U.S. Informing criminal justice issues since inception: Pink Franklin Racial integration in law enforcement & military Rodney King: model use of force standards & diversity in law enforcement New Criminal Justice Program: Smart & Safe Criminal Justice Initiative

3 Smart & Safe Initiative
Four Campaigns Advance Effective Law Enforcement Elevate the voices of crime survivors Eliminate Employment Incarceration of the Formerly Incarcerated Reform Punitive Sentencing & Support Voting Rights for the Formerly Incarcerated

4 Framing the Problem Goal of Campaign: Increasing Public Safety – Trust is imperative Trust undermined by community fringes Anti-cooperative, “anti-snitching” community members Officers seen to needlessly resort to violence

5 The Tension Anti Snitching/ Cooperation
Community Law Enforcement Collaboration Excessive Use of Force by Law Enforcement

6 Incidents that Undermine Community/Law Enforcement Collaboration
Reports of excessive/deadly use of force by law enforcement Incidences of anti cooperation by community members Three examples: Rockford, Illinois Chicago, Illinois Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

7 Rockford, Ill. – August 2009 23 year-old Mark Anthony Barmore
Domestic complaint Chased and shot dead in front of day care students at church Unarmed; 3 shots in the back, one in neck Witnesses report intimidation Increase in racial tensions in community Lack of trust between community and police department

8 Rockford, Ill. – Mark Barmore’s Children

9 Chicago, IL- September 2009 16 year-old Derrion Albert, honor student
Walking home from school because school bus services were cut Killed by neighborhood group Witnesses were present Witnesses refused to collaborate with Law Enforcement to identify killer

10 Chicago, IL- Community Impact

11 Pittsburgh, PA – January 2010
18 year-old, honors music student, Jordan Miles Approached by undercover officers, asked about “money and drugs” Chased, beaten, hair pulled out, choked What officers believed was gun, was Mountain Dew bottle Charged with resisting arrest, aggravated assault Community outrage and outcry in support of Miles

12 Pittsburg, PA – Jordan Miles

13 Our Approach Fight Anti Cooperation
Stop the Funerals; New Haven Project Community Policing Elevating Voices of Crime Survivors Fight Excessive Use of Force by Law Enforcement Partnerships/Coalition Building Model Policies/Standards All Alert Online Citizen Reporting Tool

14 What We Hope to Accomplish
Strengthen trust, increase public safety: Work together: advocates, law enforcement, experts, lawmakers Effective Law Enforcement Coalition Model policy/standards on use of force Establish citizen review committees Support for community oriented policing Partnership: Be allies; share information/input to build trust Participate in developing model policies/standards Implement model policy in jurisdictions across U.S. Better Understand the Problem – All Alert

15 Keep in Touch! Robert Rooks, MSW Director, Criminal Justice (410) Dr. Niaz Kasravi Sr. Manager, Law Enforcement Accountability (410)

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