Law Enforcement Accountability Project CLE Master Series
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About the Event
The National Conference of Black Lawyers’ Law Enforcement Accountability Project (LEAP) is a legal education program designed to train a cadre of lawyers to file civil suits in Federal Court on behalf of the victims of police misconduct and to educate community activists to know their rights, especially during these protests. Those taking this training will receive CLE credits to maintain their license to practice law and are encouraged to work with members of their communities as legal advocates in the fight against police brutality.
Over the next 6 months, we will offer 10 regional virtual 4-hour training sessions across the United States, in the Southeast, Northeast, Southwest, Midwest and West in cities that include Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Jackson, MS, Washington, DC, and Charlotte, NC.
Our distinguished faculty will also educate participants on the unique powers granted to the police across the country and how we must work together to change the racist practices engrained in the culture throughout the police departments. Police are the only representatives of governmental authority who are licensed to use physical force including deadly force to compel citizens to obey. The most frequent targets are the powerless in society: racial minorities, the poor, the young, and people who challenge the existing social, economic, or political order. Long before Covid-19, this same population have had to resist the racial pandemic of white supremacy that is played out in forms of police misconduct, ranging from extortions of false testimony and filing false charges against the victims, underwritten ongoing acts of terror and the blatant refusal of the state to hold the perpetrators accountable.
NCBL is a 501(c)3 organization. We are a diverse group of lawyers, law students, legal workers, judges, and community activists ranging in age, gender, and nationality who come together and volunteer our skills and services in the struggle to improve the criminal justice system and to fight for human rights and human dignity for people of color in the courtroom and in the streets. From its inception in 1968, The National Conference of Black Lawyers identified police crimes visited upon Blacks, Browns, Native Americans, and other racial minorities as a priority area of concern. Our work continues as we witness the murder of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade and many others in the unending litany of acts of state-sanctioned violence against our people.
Over its 50-year history, the NCBL has litigated a number of cases against the police and we have won many. However, winning often means more of our tax dollars going to pay the victims' families for police crimes. We learned, what many have come to realize today, that the police departments are not alone in their systemic racist practices. We must address the entire judicial system that allows the police to go free and back to the streets, often receiving praise or awards after killing a Black or Brown man or woman.