Q & A

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any concerns please read this collection of frequently asked questions before contacting us. If you are still unclear about something feel free to contact us.

What services does NAAPB Provide?

NAAPB helps victims of police misconduct find legal, spiritual, and wellness help. In addition, we provide public policy suggestions and conduct research on issues related to criminal justice reform and police accountability. Our staff provides seminars and presentations on criminal justice reform and civil rights.  To request a speaker contact us.

Is NAAPB an anti-police organization?

No. We are an independent advocacy organization promoting police accountability, criminal justice reform, and equal justice under the law. NAAPB’s mission statement can be found here. Additionally, each member takes a pledge that does not contain any anti-police sentiment. We acknowledge and respect the vital role that law enforcement plays in our society. However, with law enforcement having such an enormous responsibility and importance, there is the need for oversight and accountability.

Is NAAPB affiliated with any law enforcement or government agency?

No. NAAPB is a non government independent organization funded by membership fees, sponsorship and donations and operated by non-government personnel. NAAPB is 100% advocacy oriented and we do not share our data or provide any services to law enforcement.

Is NAAPB a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Organization?

No, NAAPB is a non-profit organization registered under the laws of the District of Columbia. Donors wishing to give a tax-exempt donation to NAAPB are encouraged to contact us for information on the process.

What is NAAPB's relationship with UDC School of Law

NAAPB was started as community service project by a law student at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law in 2014. At UDC School of Law, students are required to participate in 40 hours of community related service work during their 1st year. You can read more about NAAPB’s history here.

What should I do if I believe I a victim of police misconduct?

 1. DO NOT CALL THE POLICE FIRST.
Contact NAAPB or an experienced and licensed civil rights attorney in your area.

2. DO NOT SPEAK TO THE MEDIA.
The media Until you speak with your attorney, anything you say can be adversely construed or misrepresented.

3. DO NOT SPEAK TO LOCAL COMMUNITY ACTIVIST.
Some activist and ministers are using these incidents as an opportunity to get attention and monetary reward from your suffering. Additionally, some activist have sued family members of victims for money from their settlements . Moreover, some parties may not be protected by attorney client privilege and if the party is later placed under subpoena to testify your comments may adversely affect your legal matter. Unless your attorney is present do not talk to anyone.

4. DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING
Signing documents without having them reviewed by your attorney may adversely affect your legal rights.

5. DO NOT TALK TO FRIENDS AND SOME FAMILY ABOUT THE INCIDENT
Talking to a minister or wellness counselor may make your conversations privileged communications. Just remember anyone you talk to may change their recollection and that may adversely affect your legal matter.

Do you provide legal advice or direct legal services

Through our in-house legal service, in limited jurisdictions and situations, NAAPB Staff Attorneys may review your case.

Will NAAPB review my situation on the phone?

NO. NAAPB intake facilitators are trained interns working as volunteers to help you get connected to the services you need. However, no one other than a lawyer licensed in your jurisdiction can or should offer you legal advice concerning your situation. In limited jurisdictions and situations, NAAPB Staff Attorneys may review your case and may choose to handle your legal matter.

Are the attorneys listed on the NAAPB website free?

No. Attorneys handling legal matters referred from NAAPB will communicate their conditions and fees associated with their services directly with you. NAAPB can be neither responsible for, nor can we guarantee, the outcome of any legal matter. While we list only attorneys who express an interest in civil rights law, you are encouraged to conduct your own due diligence before retaining the services of any attorney.

How Can I Get Involved With NAAPB

NAAPB is a membership driven organization. We offer training and support services to members and volunteers. NAAPB is actively seeking volunteers, law students, and others to participate in our projects. If you are interested in getting involved learn more about NAAPB service opportunities here. If you have a business or organization that wishes to become an affiliate find out more here. If you are an licensed attorney and wish to receive complaints from NAAPB contact us.

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