National Law Enforcement Museum to Host Virtual Program, Enforcing the 14th: The Promise to Protect

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Law Enforcement Museum will host a virtual, free-of-charge program, titled, “Enforcing the 14th: The Promise to Protect, on Thursday, February 24 beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET, via Zoom. The event will give viewers a better understanding of what the amendment provides and the role law enforcement plays in its commitment to providing equal protection under the law.

In partnership with Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the virtual program, made possible by Target, will provide information on the history of the amendment, which secured equal justice within every State of the Union and the vital role it continues to hold in its intent to stop discriminatory practices against Black Americans.

“This virtual talk brings together great law enforcement leadership for a discussion on what equal protection looks like for all citizens of the United States,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “We are honored to share this timely and relevant topic with everyone, providing the forum for engaging dialogue to continue making our communities safer and further support 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 will include, Anthony Heredia, SVP, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at Target and Kristen Clarke, Assistant Attorney General, United States Department of Justice.

The Keynote Speaker and Moderator for the evening is recently retired chief of the Sacramento, California Police Department, Chief Daniel Hahn. Guest speaker for the evening is Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, currently 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. Rep. Lee sits on three Congressional Committees – a senior member of the Houston Committees on the Judiciary and Homeland Security and appointed by leadership as a Member of the Budget Committee.

Distinguished panelists include:

  • 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

Members of law enforcement and media interested in viewing the program and hearing from law enforcement leadership should register for this program, via the Zoom link.

For additional media inquiries, please contact Matt Lund at 443-983-0215, or via email at

About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

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 of the 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.

Matt Lund