Responding to objections from the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, the Meriden City Council has changed a proposed rule on comments from the public at its meetings.
In legislative testimony, the ACLU of Connecticut called for police accountability on several fronts, including how law enforcement officers use drones for surveillance.
The Meriden City Council has been discussing a new rule that would prohibit members of the public “from using offensive or abusive language and personally attacking any public officials” at council meetings, a prohibition that the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut warned would be “blatantly unconstitutional.” In a letter dated Jan. 31, 2014, ACLU […]
The Waterbury Board of Aldermen rescinded a policy that limited comments from the public at its meetings after the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut warned that the restrictions violated free speech rights. The policy prohibited “ad hominem, personal, malicious, slanderous or libelous remarks” during public speaking periods at board meetings and hearings. The ACLU […]
A policy that restricts public comment at meetings of the Waterbury Board of Aldermen violates free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut warned in a letter to Mayor Neil M. O’Leary and the aldermen.