Related Case or Issue: Policing Reform Campaign


Today, news reports suggested that the Justice Department will not bring federal charges against the Baltimore police officers responsible for killing Freddie Gray. Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), issued the following statement:

“Policing reform – which Baltimore so desperately needs – requires systemic change, including to accountability mechanisms. We know that spines do not break without cause, and the DOJ and BPD’s credibility to make change a reality in Baltimore hinges not just on their ability to institute much-needed reforms to police training, policies, and practices, but also on their success in bringing to justice officers who abuse their power and take the lives of innocent residents. 

“The onus is now on the BPD to hold these officers accountable at their disciplinary trials this fall and winter. Baltimore will be watching.”