The National Law Enforcement Museum (NLEM) will host a virtual, free-of-charge program for law enforcement officials and organizations titled Enforcing the 14th: The Promise to Protect.

Members of law enforcement interested in viewing the Feb. 24 virtual program and hearing from law enforcement leadership can register for the program via Zoom link. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. EST.

The 14th amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified in 1868, passed in the wake of the US Civil War and says that no State can “… deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” The program will provide information on the history of the amendment, which secured equal justice within every State of the Union, as well as the vital role it continues to hold today in its intent to stop discriminatory practices against Black Americans, and asks the question, “What does equal protection look like?

Thomas Canavan, NLEM executive director; Anthony Heredia, senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer for Target; and Kristen Clarke, assistant U.S. attorney general will provide introductory welcome remarks. The program is made possible by Target and in partnership with the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and will provide discussion that helps demonstrate law enforcement’s continued commitment to providing equal protection under the law for all citizens.

Retired Chief Daniel Hahn, of the Sacramento Police Department, is the keynote speaker and moderator of a panel discussion featuring Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, Philadelphia Police Department, Major Cities Chiefs Association; Capt. Frederick L. Thomas, president, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); and Steve H. Rosenbaum, chief of the Special Litigation Section, U.S. Department of Justice.

HISTORY of NLEM

Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the fallen, telling the story of American law enforcement, and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., which honors the names of all 22,611 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building is committed to preserving the history of American law enforcement and sharing the experiences of service and sacrifice for generations to come.

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