On Wednesday, January 4, state legislators returned to Hartford to begin a new legislative session of the Connecticut General Assembly. Here are five areas in which the ACLU of Connecticut will be encouraging the legislature to strengthen freedom, equality, and justice in 2017.
“Communities are watching, and they deserve police forces that fairly, justly, and wisely protect and respect all people. Police officers deserve to work with and for competent colleagues. Connecticut lawmakers must adopt independent police oversight and accountability systems to ensure that dangerous officers are not allowed to assault with impunity.”
In decisions announced in April and November 2016, the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission ruled that the Stratford and Bridgeport police departments must provide the ACLU-CT with records regarding whether the departments ever purchased or used drones, cellphone eavesdropping or tracking technology, or cellphone forensics devices.
“The disturbing video footage released on Wednesday by the Hartford Police Department raises serious questions about police transparency, accountability, and use of force, and about prosecutors’ abilities to pursue justice in cases of police misconduct. This is not the first time that Connecticut prosecutors have sat on video footage of questionable police conduct. Until there is meaningful police transparency and truly independent oversight of police, we fear that it will not be the last.”
Following a nationwide search, the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut (ACLU-CT) has named longtime staff member David McGuire as the organization’s new executive director.
Michael was filming the police during a public protest. Police confiscated his camera. It kept rolling while they decided how to retaliate. Now, the ACLU of Connecticut is suing.
Do you know your rights if you are stopped by the police? What if you are attending a protest, or recording the police? We’ve put together a few easy-to-use resources that might come in handy the next time you need quick access to information about your constitutional rights.