The Legal Aid Society Announces New Cop Accountability Project

Today The Legal Aid Society presented the Cop Accountability Project at the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association, a roll out of improvements to its data collection, data quality and internal system reporting of police misconduct for future criminal and impact litigation, policy reform and media advocacy.

We have improved our internal police misconduct database to allow immediate access to original source documents, including Brady letters, federal civil rights lawsuits and more. Our defense attorneys are already using this access to litigate Brady demands and move for police personnel records, to cross examine police witnesses and negotiate better pleas.

CAP will also create substantive reports about discriminatory policing, individual officers' arrest histories and policing trends of certain charges for our community partners, politicians, law-makers and reporters.