Racial Justice

From the landmark Sheff v. O’Neill case seeking equal educational opportunities and racial desegregation in our schools to the fight against racial profiling and discriminatory drug laws, the ACLU of Connecticut stands for the equal treatment of all people.

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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“The callous disregard that Bridgeport police officers showed for Jayson Negron during his last moments of life is unacceptable. Their behavior was outside the realms of human decency and democracy.”

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“A person is dead after a Bridgeport Police officer shot him while he was driving a car, and another young person is injured. What little information is available raises serious questions about whether Bridgeport police should even have chased this car under state law. Police have killed another person in Connecticut, and another community is struggling to receive answers about what happened. How many people have to die or be seriously injured at the hands of law enforcement before Connecticut strengthens its laws to hold police accountable to the communities they are supposed to serve?”

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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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“Today, the legislature sent a loud and clear message that Connecticut does not need and will not accept police equipping drones with weapons. The defeat of this police drone weaponization proposal is a victory for public safety and civil rights.”

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