Mothers Against Police Brutality — Prosecutorial Reform

(From left) Shirley Marshall, Collette Flanagan, Sara Mokuria, John Fullinwider and Virginia Bradford announcing proposals for special independent prosecutors in police shooting cases. (Photo courtesy of Mothers Against Police Brutality)
Published: February 2017

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $50,000 to Mothers Against Police Brutality to support its efforts on increasing prosecutorial accountability in Texas. We heard from several sources that MAPB is a particularly effective law enforcement accountability organization.

This is a discretionary (formerly called “no-process”) grant. For discretionary grants, the grant investigator (in this case Chloe Cockburn, our Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform) can recommend the grant without needing to go through our normal process of providing their reasoning, discussing with the team, and providing input on and review of our public page. These grants are limited to a relatively small proportion of our grantmaking, and some other stipulations apply to what types of grant are eligible. The overall aim is for us to be able to move forward on relatively small and low-risk grants, based purely on the judgment of a single staff member and with minimal delay.