National Police Accountability Project




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Tax-Exempt Status:


Budget (2019):

Revenue: $217,944
Expenses: $161,114
Assets: $313,810


Police Reform



Executive Director:

Rachel Pickens

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The National Police Accountability Project (NPAP) is a left-of-center activist organization which supports legal campaigns against law enforcement under the guise of opposing police misconduct. Founded in 1999, the NPAP does not provide legal representation through its own operations but refers those affected by alleged law enforcement misconduct to approved activist lawyers. The organization is an offshoot of the National Lawyers Guild, an association of attorneys aligned with radical-left political movements. 1

Policy Positions

Qualified Immunity

Opposing qualified immunity, a collective term for various state and federal restrictions on the ability of individuals to sue police officers for alleged misconduct, is one of the National Police Accountability Project’s primary efforts. One common characteristic of qualified immunity protections is that a plaintiff must demonstrate that there is existing legal precedent demonstrating that the police officer’s actions were unconstitutional. The NPAP claims that this requirement “severely undermines civil rights guarantees.” To bolster its argument against qualified immunity, the organization cites statements by radical-left groups such as the Movement for Black Lives as well as the libertarian Cato Institute. 2

In Colorado, the NPAP has endorsed the proposed District Attorney Accountability and Transparency Bill, which would place new restrictions on district attorney’s offices’ discretion when issuing charges and sentences. The organization claims that the bill will “codify” district attorneys’ “ethical duties.” 3

In Louisiana, the NPAP supported House Bill 609, which would eliminate qualified immunity and expand individuals’ ability to sue police, corrections, and other peace officers for alleged excessive force and other misconduct. As part of this initiative, the NPAP has promoted a pressure campaign organized by the libertarian organization Americans for Prosperity, which also opposes qualified immunity. 4

In New Mexico, the NPAP has endorsed House Bill 4, which would create a so-called “New Mexico Civil Rights Act.” Like the proposed Louisiana law, this legislation would eliminate qualified immunity and provide additional support to individuals attempting to sue law enforcement officers. 5

In New York, the NPAP also supports legislation to end qualified immunity. The organization supports Senate Bill 1991 and denies that passing it may “make it harder to recruit, retain, and train” competent law enforcement personnel. The NPAP claims that “there is no evidence” to suggest that individuals consider the possibility of being sued when deciding whether to become police officers. 6

In California, the NPAP has stated that it is “proud to support” Senate Bill 2, which would scale back qualified immunity for law enforcement officers. The organization claims that allegedly “violence-prone” police officers are responsible for creating what it calls an “unsafe culture” in the state. The NPAP has called on left-of-center student organizations, religious groups, and state bar associations across the country to join its pressure campaign in California. 7

Other Political Advocacy

The NPAP opposed the appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court by then-President Donald Trump in 2020. The organization called Barrett a “reactionary” and condemned the growing number of nominally conservative justices on the court, particularly their membership in the right-of-center Federalist Society. The NPAP claimed that Barrett’s nomination demonstrated that neither the Supreme Court nor any other branch of government represented Americans any longer and called on “the people” to “take control.” The organization also claimed that the court “has historically been the most reactionary” of the three branches of government, and that it is presently used “as an instrument of preserving minority rule.” 8

During the anti-law enforcement protests and riots of summer 2020, the NPAP issued a statement attacking police across the country for using tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and other non-lethal methods against rioters. 9


Rachel Pickens is the executive director of the National Police Accountability Project. Prior to joining the organization, she promoted left-progressive environmentalist initiatives in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her law doctorate from Loyola University in New Orleans. 10

Lauren Bonds is the legal director of the NPAP. She previously worked as the legal director for the Kansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, a leading left-of-center legal activist organization. Before that, she was the assistant general counsel for the Service Employees International Union, a major labor union with strong ties to the Democratic Party and left-of-center activism. 11


In 2019, the National Police Accountability Project received more than $160,000 in contributions and generated more than $40,000 in revenue from program services, for total revenue of $217,944. Just over $67,000 of its total expenses went towards the salary of executive director Rachel Pickens. 12


  1. “About Us.” National Police Accountability Project. Accessed December 19, 2021.
  2. “Expanding Pathways to Accountability.” National Police Accountability Project. Accessed December 19, 2021.
  3. “What is the Colorado DA Accountability Bill?” National Police Accountability Project. Accessed December 19, 2021.
  4. “What is HB 609?” National Police Accountability Project. Accessed December 19, 2021.
  5. “What is New Mexico House Bill (HB) 4?” National Police Accountability Project. Accessed December 19, 2021.
  6. “What is S 1991?” National Police Accountability Board. Accessed December 19, 2021.
  7. “What is SB 2?” National Police Accountability Project. Accessed December 19, 2021.
  8. “NPAP Responds to the Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.” National Police Accountability Project. Accessed December 19, 2021.
  9. “NPAP Condemns Police’s Use of Overwhelming Force Against Protesters.” National Police Accountability Project. Accessed December 19, 2021.
  10. “About Us.” National Police Accountability Project. Accessed December 19, 2021.
  11. “About Us.” National Police Accountability Project. Accessed December 19, 2021.
  12. “National Police Accountability Project Inc.” ProPublica. Accessed December 19, 2021.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: October 1, 1999

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2019 Dec Form 990 $217,944 $161,114 $313,810 $60,594 Y $163,861 $41,663 $3,047 $67,083 PDF
    2018 Dec Form 990 $222,952 $226,471 $285,325 $88,939 Y $155,775 $54,084 $1,333 $65,032 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $235,515 $178,751 $287,483 $87,578 Y $174,694 $43,284 $1,267 $0 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $217,148 $198,647 $215,392 $72,251 Y $159,254 $49,703 $12 $0 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990EZ $192,716 $168,137 $176,487 $51,847 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990EZ $164,012 $139,817 $151,959 $51,898 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990EZ $149,436 $137,007 $125,805 $49,939 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990EZ $152,661 $140,668 $78,095 $14,658 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990EZ $168,022 $146,456 $85,657 $34,213 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    National Police Accountability Project

    NEW ORLEANS, LA 70116-1319