Enforcing the 14th: The Promise to Protect
Enforcing the 14th: The Promise to Protect
In partnership with Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), join us virtually Thursday, February 24 at 6:30pm for an important discussion that demonstrates law enforcement’s commitment to providing equal protection under the law for all citizens.
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.”
Introductory Welcome Remarks:
- Tony Heredia, SVP, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Target
- Kristen Clarke, Assistant Attorney General, United States Department of Justice
Keynote Speaker and Moderator:
- Chief Daniel Hahn, ret., Sacramento, CA
- Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (TX-18), U.S. House of Representatives
- Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, Philadelphia Police Department, Major Cities Chiefs Association
- Captain Frederick L. Thomas, President, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
- Steven H. Rosenbaum, Chief of the Special Litigation Section, United States Department of Justice
Chief Daniel Hahn, ret.
Daniel Hahn recently retired from a distinguished career of over 34 years in the law enforcement. Chief Hahn served as the City of Roseville’s Chief of police and their first African American peace officer. He also served as the City of Sacramento’s Chief of Police and their first African American police chief.
Although he never considered a career in law enforcement growing up, Daniel was persuaded to apply for the Sacramento Police Department while attending Sacramento City College. He was hired as a Community Service Officer in 1987 and rose to the rank of Captain in the Sacramento Police Department. He served in numerous assignments including Public Information Officer, High School Criminal Justice Academy Coordinator, Watch Commander, Special Investigations Commander, Patrol Commander and Personnel Division Commander.
In 2011, Daniel was sworn in as Roseville’s 15th Chief of Police and served for over six years before coming back to his hometown of Sacramento as the 45th Chief of Police for the Sacramento Police Department.
Daniel is an adjunct professor at California State University, Sacramento. He also teaches a history and bias course that he developed through years of research.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), U.S. House of Representatives
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is serving her fourteenth term as a member of the United States House of Representatives. She represents the 18th Congressional District of Texas, centered in Houston.
She sits on three Congressional Committees — a senior member of the House Committees on the Judiciary and Homeland Security and appointed by the leadership as a Member of the Budget Committee. In the previous Congress, she authored, introduced and saw passage of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Additionally, she introduced several bills including the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Reauthorization and Bullying Prevention and Intervention Act, H.R. 71, the Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2015, and H.R. 4660, an Amendment to the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015 affirming the authority of the Attorney General to reduce prison overcrowding by developing and implementing lawful policies relating to requests for executive clemency from deserving petitioners.
Police Commissioner Danielle M. Outlaw
Philadelphia Police Commissioner, Danielle M. Outlaw, stands at the helm of the nation’s 4th largest police department, which employs more than 6500 sworn officers and 800 civilians who work to help make Philadelphia a safer city. Commissioner Outlaw is the first African-American woman to lead the Philadelphia Police Department.
Commissioner Outlaw’s TEDx Talk – Humanity In Authority – dispels the belief that the two concepts are contrary in nature and explains how the two concepts can, and should, co-exist. She has also presented on various topics including Race and Policing, Women in Law Enforcement, De-escalation and Investigation of Use of Force, Building Community Relationships after Controversy, and Video Recording in Policing and Early Intervention Systems.
Prior to taking the helm as Philadelphia’s top law enforcement officer, Outlaw was the Chief of Portland, Oregon’s Bureau of Police. She was the first African American woman to hold that post. Commissioner Outlaw began her law enforcement career in Oakland, California where she spent 20 years in service with the Oakland Police Department.
Commissioner Outlaw is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Human and Civil Rights Committee, the National Organization of Black Law Executives and is an Eastern Region Representative member of the Major Cities Chiefs’ Association. She continues to demonstrate her civic advocacy through Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated.
Frederick L. Thomas
Captain Thomas began his career in 1989 in Louisiana at the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Scotlandville Substation, as Sheriff Deputy assigned to Corrections. He later transferred to Uniform Patrol after completing the Louisiana State University Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Nineteen years later, in February of 2008, Lieutenant Thomas was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned as Commander over the Scotlandville Substation. He served as Commander of Scotlandville for more than 10 years before transferring to Commander of the Gardere Substation; he is now back at the Scotlandville Substation.
Captain Thomas is a U.S. Military Combat Veteran who retired after 26 years of service with the Louisiana Army National Guard. In serving his country in support of “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” Captain Thomas earned the Combat Action Badge.
On August 4, 2021, Captain Thomas was sworn in as the 44th President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), an organization of Professional CEOs and officers in the field of law enforcement. To date, Captain Thomas has served NOBLE for 11 years.
In addition to NOBLE, Captain Thomas is currently an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Police Executive Research Forum.
Steven H. Rosenbaum
Steven H. Rosenbaum is the Chief of the Special Litigation Section in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. During his 43-year career in the Civil Rights Division, Steve also has served as Chief of the Voting Section and Chief of the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section. In 2012, President Obama conferred the rank of Distinguished Executive in the Senior Executive Service for his sustained extraordinary accomplishment in the management of programs and for leadership exemplifying the highest standards of service to the public.
Since Steve re-joined the Special Litigation Section as Chief in 2016, the Section’s police practices enforcement program has produced reports identifying alleged systemic problems in the police departments in Baltimore, Chicago and Springfield, and entered settlements covering the police departments in Baltimore, Ferguson, Newark, Miami and Yonkers. During his prior tenure as Chief (1996-2003), the Section launched its police practices enforcement program with settlements with police departments in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and the District of Columbia, and the state police in New Jersey.
This program was made possible by Target.