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NAACP Smart & Safe Initiative Effective Law Enforcement Campaign

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NAACP Smart & Safe Initiative Effective Law Enforcement Campaign

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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: 1910 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

  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 rrooks@naacpnet.org (410) 336-3156 Dr. Niaz Kasravi Sr. Manager, Law Enforcement Accountability nkasravi@naacpnet.org (410) 336-2642