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.
Deputy Mike Holmes was just attempting a traffic stop on a reckless, speeding vehicle. Little did he know that what was about to happen would change his life forever. After a brief pursuit, he wound up looking down the barrel of the suspect’s gun – then nearly run over by the suspect’s car. He would survive and escape physical injury, but now he is facing a manslaughter charge and the possibility of 15 years behind bars.
While serving as a Metropolitan Nashville police officer, Andrew Delke knew he would face dangerous situations. That didn’t stop him from pursuing an armed suspect – but little did he know, these heroic actions would result in him facing a first degree murder charge.
Two sheriff’s deputies in Boulder, Colorado were transporting a man to a recovery center because he was apparently intoxicated. Little did they know their world was getting ready to be turned upside-down.
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 . . .
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!