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The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut fights relentlessly for constitutional rights in the state and federal courts. For more information, see the articles below or read our latest legal docket. (If you wish to request legal help, please see this page.)

In an email to the ACLU of Connecticut, the Manchester Police Department turned over documents regarding its commissioned criticism of Connecticut’s police traffic stop reports. The department’s response came after the ACLU of Connecticut filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request of all Connecticut police departments, demanding documents related to their alternative studies of police traffic stop data.

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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.

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The ACLU of Connecticut joined ACLU affiliates from across New England to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Boston office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), to uncover how Trump administration officials are interpreting and executing the president’s Muslim ban. The filing is part of a coordinated effort from ACLU affiliates nationwide, which filed requests with CBP field offices and its headquarters spanning 55 international airports across the country.

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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.

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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.

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