Open Government

The ACLU of Connecticut has been working to preserve Connecticut’s Freedom of Information law and the principles of transparency in government.

When an Enfield police officer was named in 11 excessive force lawsuits, the town tried to keep the lawsuit settlements secret. The ACLU of Connecticut took action and won.

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Fifteen-year-old Jayson Negron died because of an entire system that has failed to hold police accountable to communities. Connecticut’s legislature can change that system—but it urgently needs to act. Take action now.

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The ACLU of Connecticut joined lawmakers to call on the legislature to immediately pass police accountability legislation in light of the Bridgeport Police Department’s fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jayson Negron. The ACLU of Connecticut is also calling for the Bridgeport Police Department to release its department policies and Officer James Boulay’s training history to the public.

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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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“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.”

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