The LELDF's original mission, and still our core mission, was raising funds to help defend the actions of wrongly accused law enforcement officers who were acting, in our estimation, within the scope of their responsibilities, experience and training. Since events in Ferguson in August 2014, there's been an increasing need for LELDF support to individual law enforcement officers. We've been up for the challenge.
In just that time until August 2018, the LELDF has maintained or undertaken support for 19 law enforcement officers, 17 of whom were ultimately charged with crimes. Only one of those officers was subsequently convicted of an offense. Eight of the officers we've supported were found NOT GUILTY of alleged crimes and nine others had charges against them DISMISSED, either during pretrial proceedings or after prosecutors reassessed their chances of obtaining a conviction given the lack of proof they originally proceeded on.
We're proud of this record of success but we know more cases will come as politics, not facts, drive some prosecutors to bring charges against police who are simply trying to do their jobs and go home safely to their families.