“According to the chiefs of police, some Connecticut police departments have commissioned their own racial profiling studies. Racial profiling is a critical problem across our state. If police have found a shortcoming in the statewide Racial Profiling Prohibition Project’s methods, the public needs to know about it. We look forward to examining police department records so we can get to the bottom of this.”
The ACLU of Connecticut, ACLU of Maine and four other New England ACLU affiliates today filed a lawsuit demanding government documents about the on-the-ground implementation of President Trump’s Muslim bans.
“In its original form, H.B. 7260 protected people’s rights, but this amended version would undermine them. This was originally a good bill to protect communities from unwarranted police drone surveillance and prevent police from weaponizing drones. The ACLU of Connecticut supports protecting people from unwarranted drone surveillance, but opposes the amendment to allow police to equip drones with lethal and “less-lethal” weapons.”
Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announced that federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents may have worn misleading uniforms, labeled only “police,” in an attempt to lure an undocumented woman to the Hartford Public Safety building and detain her. The following is a reaction from Dan Barrett, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut.
As a voice for freedom, our legislative priorities include promoting and preserving civil liberties for all. Through state legislative advocacy, we aim to defend and extend key constitutional principles, including equality, justice, liberty, and democracy. You can read about the top five things on our 2017 legislative to-do list here, and keep up with our progress on Facebook […]
Solitary confinement costs too much, does nothing to rehabilitate prisoners, and can exacerbate or even cause mental illness. The ACLU of Connecticut is fighting for legislation that would cap the duration of solitary confinement and prohibit it altogether for vulnerable people.
Civil asset forfeiture allows the government to take and sell someone’s property without ever charging them with a crime. In 2017, we’re advocating for legislation to abolish civil asset forfeiture.
Police agencies in Connecticut routinely make it difficult for members of the public to file complaints of police misconduct, according to a new report by the ACLU of Connecticut.
The Connecticut General Assembly’s 2017 legislative session is underway, and we are working to strengthen equality, justice, and freedom in Connecticut. Read about five things on our legislative to-do list, and watch our quick mid-session update for an insider’s look at where these bills stand.
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.