Menthol Bans Fail to Reduce Smoking While Creating Additional Tensions Between Police & Communities of Color

Today, the Law Enforcement Action Partnership released a letter sent to the Food & Drug Administration this week urging federal regulators to reject a citizen proposal to ban menthol tobacco products. Banning drugs is an escalation of the drug war, a policy scheme that Americans across the political spectrum agree isn’t working.

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Date: April 26, 2021
Re: Menthol Ban/AATCLC Lawsuit
Position: OPPOSE
To: Mitch Zeller, JD
Director, Center for Tobacco Products

Dear Mr. Zeller,

I write to you both as a retired lieutenant and as the executive director of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP). LEAP is a nonprofit group…


By Chief Ronnie Roberts (Ret.)

When people are released from prison, they must have the tools and support to re-integrate successfully into our communities and stay on a positive path. Yet Washington state currently throws up needless barriers to re-entry for formerly incarcerated people — including denying them the right to vote. Washington Senators took an important step to address this injustice this week by passing House Bill 1078, which will to restore voting rights to all citizens who are not in prison.

As Chief of the Olympia Police Department, I wanted to stop cycling the same people through our correctional facilities and emergency rooms…


Former Louisiana Officer Called His Choice a “Protest”

On Monday, February 2nd, Deputy Clyde Kerr III of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana committed suicide at the age of 43. He was a father, a military veteran, and a beloved member of his community.

Deputy Kerr revealed his reasoning to take his own life in a series of videos made shortly before his death. He said that as a Black police officer, he simply could not participate in a system that did not value his life. He called his suicide a “protest.”

Our hearts are with his family, his former colleagues, and the students and staff of…


A Police Captain Reflects on Her Career and Why Good Police are Leaving the Profession in Droves

Law enforcement officials are resigning in high numbers in the wake of nationwide protests against police shootings. It would be easy to assume these leaders oppose the call for increased accountability and oversight, and that is sometimes the case. But some of those resigning are reformer officers who spent decades working to fix longstanding issues within their departments and in broader policing culture. …


On January 6th, 2021, a group of insurrectionists championing President Donald Trump’s false claims of a rigged election stormed the US Capitol Building and disrupted the final electoral college vote count. These violent individuals vandalized the nation’s highest government offices, threatening elected officials, their staffers, and our American democracy and national security.

The following is a statement issued by Lt. Diane Goldstein (Ret.), 21-year police veteran and executive director of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership, on behalf of the organization:

The Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) calls on all law enforcement officials and those who support them to reject this…


Police Group Who Helped Pass Measure Comments on Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act

Today, the US House of Representatives passed HR.3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act) by a vote of 228 to 164. The Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP), a nonprofit group of police and other criminal justice professionals, endorsed the MORE Act because it would address serious public safety and social equity concerns associated with marijuana enforcement.

“As a police officer, I helped wage a so-called war on marijuana. But no matter how hard we tried, how many losses we were willing to sustain…


Pro-Reform Law Enforcement Will Keep Pushing For Justice & Equality

Several states made groundbreaking progress this week. The Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) is proud to endorse these efforts, and we offer our heartfelt congratulations. Ultimately, we are working to make America a country that rejects injustice and inequality. A country that holds police accountable to the people they serve. A country that believes in a public health approach to issues that do not belong within the justice system. We are working toward a future that builds our communities up and helps them grow. We, the American people, determine the future of this country.

Here’s a breakdown of eight successful…


Today, a grand jury announced that former Louisville, Kentucky, police officer Brett Hankison will be charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. These charges are related to shots he fired into apartments surrounding Breonna Taylor’s, who was killed by one of the officers at the scene during the incident. No charges were filed in response to Taylor’s killing.

Breonna Taylor’s death was preventable, but according to laws set forth by our War on Drugs, her killing is justifiable because police suspected that her home was involved in illegal drugs. No drugs were found during the raid. …


A Retired Police Leader Reflects on a Murky Legal Doctrine

By Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP)

Civil unrest after the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers has ignited action to change policies surrounding policing. Experts across the country are now working to weaken a problematic legal doctrine known as qualified immunity, which inhibits police accountability. As a retired Chief of the Albany Police Department, I’m all too familiar with how qualified immunity has protected officers from being held accountable and can see why criminal justice professionals and legislators recommend that we reign it in.

First established by the Supreme Court in the ruling of Pierson v. Ray (1967), qualified immunity was formulated to protect…

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