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.

In a ruling announced today, Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled that Connecticut’s system for distributing school funding is unconstitutional, based in part on the legislature’s decisions to fund wealthier school districts at the expense of those in lower-income areas. The following is a statement from David McGuire, interim executive director of the American Civil […]

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Connecticut’s first-in-the-nation report about police Taser use shows troubling racial disparities and misuse. Learn more about police Tasers in Connecticut and the ACLU-CT’s work to ensure that police only use Tasers fairly, justly, and wisely.

“When someone is vulnerable and in crisis, police should be there to help, not hurt. Public safety, not subconscious or conscious biases, should determine whether and when police draw their Tasers.”

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“Instead of taking the opportunity to stand up for justice by fixing Connecticut’s bail system, the legislature listened to the siren’s song of political posturing, and real people will continue to suffer because of it. Justice unfortunately remains deferred for the Connecticut coworkers, neighbors, and parents who are in jail pre-trial because they are poor.”

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“The death penalty is a barbaric practice that has been a tool of racial injustice. We applaud the Connecticut supreme court for standing by its decision that the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment,” said Dan Barrett, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut.

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