For over two decades, LELDF has contributed millions of dollars to offset legal and other expenses, as well as pro-bono legal advice, to more than two dozen law enforcement professionals and their families. LELDF is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported solely through the generous contributions of individuals and organizations. This financial and legal assistance has become increasingly important as our society becomes more litigious and the frequency and cost of defending allegations against law enforcement professionals continues to rise.
Law Enforcement OFficer Defense
In the early 1990s, David Martin, Edwin Meese, Alfred Regnery, and Bradford Reynolds started a direct mail campaign to fundraise for Stacey Koon—one of the officers from the infamous Rodney King case. The campaign was so successful that the four former DOJ officials started the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund to help other officers who they believed were wrongfully accused. Since then, LELDF has contributed millions to help officers from all over the country fight their unjust charges in court. In some situations we have also provided expert witnesses to testify on behalf of our officers.
Imagine the surprise of a veteran law enforcement officer simply waiting for a traffic light to change, when he finds himself under assault by a hooded man just outside a thin car window. Just seconds to decide on what's happening, what's the right response...
Events just outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in March 2016, show just how perilous policing in America has become in our post-Ferguson world. They give voice to the “Ferguson Effect” where police are avoiding encounters that could deter crime but also result in criminal charges against them.
On October 18, 2016, New York police and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel responded to calls for assistance at a Bronx apartment complex where an emotionally disturbed person (EDP) had become disruptive and aggressive with others in the building. The woman, a 66 year-old African . . .
On July 8, 2015, multiple Ashe County, NC sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call about an intoxicated and agitated resident who had been the subject of dozens of prior police contacts. When the deputies found the 62 year old man, Dallas Shatley, parked in his pickup truck at the end of a shared driveway, . . .
On March 16, 2014 two Albuquerque police officers responded to a complaint about a man camping illegally in the hills just behind a residential neighborhood. The officers encountered the man on a rocky hillside, and when they called him out of his tent and tried to pat him down for weapons, he pulled out . . .
orfolk, Virginia police officer Michael Edington, Jr. responded to a disturbance call on June 6, 2014. It was just another shift on a regular day for the young officer, but this call would be life-changing.
it all started The morning of April 12, 2015 when Lt. Brian Rice and others who were assigned to a drug trafficking and violence reduction mission noticed a group of men setting up what he believed to be a drug sale spot. The police were recently told to concentrate efforts on this particular location by the . . .
Karen and Rick Bell lived normal, productive lives. Married with two smart and athletically-talented sons, one could say they were living the American Dream. But that dream would begin to turn to nightmare in 2013.
James “Coley” Johnson joined the Wilmington, North Carolina Police Department in the summer of 1989. He was promoted to the rank of corporal, receiving multiple commendations for his dedication and service to the community and served the department as a field training officer for younger officers.
n July 2013, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agent Jon Martinson was assisting other agents at an ICE facility, preparing detainees for transportation from a secure facility and ultimate deportation from the country. One of the detainees became disruptive in a large holding cell with . . .
Use of Force Simulator
Since 2015, the LELDF has invited a wide array of media representatives, including those from The Washington Post, NPR, Fox News, Townhall, The Washington Free Beacon, The Washington Times, The Daily Caller, WUSA 9 (Washington, D.C.), USA Today, CNN, and others, to participate in our police training simulator educational experience. Sessions are designed to inform participants on the law, the training, and the practical considerations related to the use of police force, before being exposed to an immersive training simulator featuring realistic scenarios where they get to make decisions on what force might be necessary to resolve a situation.
use of force action guide
The Law Enforcement Legal Fund has, for over two decades, had a primary mission of raising funds to help offset the often massive cost of defending criminal charges against law enforcement officers based on the use of force while executing their sworn duties.
This document and infographic is meant to fill an informational gap between officers (and departments) who haven't adequately considered, "What if this here?" or "What if this happens to me?"
The time to plan for a use of force incident was yesterday. If you haven't, it is NOW!