In the Media

Links to news coverage of the ACLU of Connecticut.

  • 07/11/16 | Associated Press

    Associated Press: Connecticut Cops More Likely to Use Stun Guns on Minorities

    David McGuire, legislative and policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, called the stun gun data “alarming” and noted past reports on Connecticut police traffic stops found racial disparities. “If police truly want the benefit of the doubt, they should start addressing the underlying issues that lead to disparities and misuse,” he said. “Adopting Taser cameras, providing full Taser incident reports, and improving regulations and training would be good places to start.”

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  • 07/11/16 | The Wall Street Journal

    The Wall Street Journal: Racial Disparity Found in Police Taser Use

    “It’s time to ask some tough questions about why police are disproportionately pointing Tasers at minorities and people in crisis,” said David McGuire, interim executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, which pushed for the law.

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  • 07/11/16 | Connecticut Public News Service

    Connecticut Public News Service: Taser Reports Show Racial Disparities

    “I think that we will document certain trends that will help us get our arms around this issue and figure out how to make sure that police use tasers wisely, justly and fairly in Connecticut,” he said. McGuire believes the report raises several issues about taser use that need to be dealt with by law enforcement officials and the Connecticut Legislature.

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  • 07/11/16 | NBC Connecticut

    NBC Connecticut [VIDEO]: Report Finds Police Are More Likely to Use Stun Guns on Minorities

    Also, 53 percent of those shocked were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. David McGuire, the legislative and policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, said the statistics are troubling. “Those are classes of people that are deemed vulnerable by Taser International and should not be tased if possible. So the large number of those really sticks out to us as something that needs to be addressed,” McGuire said.

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  • 07/11/16 | RT

    RT: Connecticut Cops Use Tasers More Against Hispanics & Blacks – Report

    “Unfortunately, this report makes it clear that Connecticut has work to do to make sure that police use Tasers fairly, justly and wisely,” David McGuire of the state American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said Thursday. “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.” Of the 18 people who died after being Tased by police in Connecticut since 2005, 12 were black or Hispanic, the state ACLU noted.

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  • 07/11/16 | WNPR

    WNPR: New Analysis Provides Insight Into How Police Use Tasers in Connecticut

    According to the state ACLU, since 2005, 18 people have died after being tased by Connecticut police.

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  • 07/11/16 | Connecticut Mirror

    Connecticut Mirror: Minorities More Likely to be Shot with Stun Guns in Connecticut

    In 2011, the Connecticut ACLU and NAACP began pushing for legislation to ensure police departments were training officers in stun gun use and tracking that use. The law was passed in 2014. Connecticut is the first state in the country requiring its police departments to track stun gun use.

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  • 07/11/16 | Connecticut Post

    Connecticut Post: Report On Stun Guns Raises Questions

    David McGuire, interim director of the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said Taser policies and reporting could be improved.
    “Adopting Taser cameras, providing full Taser incident reports, and improving regulations and training would be good places to start,” he said, adding that he was happy with the reporting efforts of the Bridgeport police.

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  • 07/11/16 | Connecticut Magazine

    Connecticut Magazine: Connecticut College Students Join a Suit Against Google

    There are also safeguards in place to make sure law enforcement is adhering to these requirements.

    The bill was championed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut. David McGuire, the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut’s legislative and policy director and interim executive director, says the bill puts Connecticut at the forefront of digital privacy legislation. “It is, in my mind, one of the most comprehensive government privacy bills in the country. This is a relatively future-proof bill that will do a great job of protecting people’s privacy while enabling police to get cellphone tracking information when appropriate. So it strikes that balance between privacy and public safety.”

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  • 07/11/16 | Hartford Courant

    Hartford Courant [OP-ED]: Reflections On Horrific Week: ‘It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way’

    “There is one common thread that connects the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minn., and the police officers killed in Dallas on Thursday: Justice is not served by violence.”

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  • 06/20/16 | Connecticut Post

    Connecticut Post: EDITORIAL: Police need checks on snooping tools

    So we applaud the American Civil Liberties Union for trying to take stock of high-tech spy gear in the hands of police throughout Connecticut.

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  • 06/20/16 | Norwich Bulletin

    Norwich Bulletin: EDITORIAL: Our View: Handle license plate scanner data with care

    Lucky for Connecticut drivers, state police have a solid standard in place: The state’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says the 90-day retention rule is an exemplar.

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  • 06/20/16 | Associated Press

    Associated Press: License Plate Scanners Nab Thousands of Drivers in Connecticut

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut says state police have a model policy with short data retention period — 90 days, with an exception for license plates linked to crimes. “There’s a place for it, but there’s not a need to keep this data for an extended period,” said David McGuire, the state ACLU’s legislative and policy director.

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  • 06/20/16 | Hartford Courant

    Hartford Courant: Malloy Cuts $20 Million From Local Aid After Criminal Justice Reform Falters

    David McGuire, interim executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, blasted lawmakers for failing to pass the bail bill. He noted that several other states, including New Jersey and Kentucky, have taken steps to address inequities in their bail systems and he called on Connecticut to follow suit.

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  • 06/20/16 | WTNH News8

    WTNH News 8: Connecticut Supreme Court Upholds Death Penalty Abolishment

    Attorney Dan Barrett with the ACLU says one of the reasons the judges abolished the death penalty is to spare the families a lengthy appeals process. When a prisoner goes behind bars for life with no chance of parole, there are only one or two ways to appeal the decision.

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  • 06/20/16 | Stamford Advocate

    Stamford Advocate and Danbury News-Times: Connecticut’s Undocumented Immigrants Await U.S. Supreme Court Decision

    “Immigrants to our country have made great contributions to our culture and economy,” said Dan Barrett, the legal director of the ACLU of Connecticut. “People who have immigrated here, put down roots, become a part of our society and pose no threat to others ought not to have to continually look over their shoulders in fear.”

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  • 06/20/16 | Associated Press

    Associated Press: Smaller Cities Across U.S. Opening High-Tech Crime Centers

    The American Civil Liberties Union says there is a lack of general rules to limit privacy invasions and abuse of surveillance technology by police. The ACLU also is concerned about how long police departments retain camera footage and other surveillance data. “The public really needs to be consulted, and there needs to be a debate,” said David McGuire, legislative and policy director of the ACLU of Connecticut, which is keeping an eye on real-time crime centers in the state.

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  • 06/20/16 | Connecticut Mirror

    Connecticut Mirror: Legislative Witnesses Hold Forth On How Old a Juvenile Should Be

    David McGuire, Legislative and Policy Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut (ACLU-CT): “By eliminating cash bail where unnecessary to protect against real risk of flight or being a danger to others, SB 18 will eliminate a penalty for simply being poor.

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  • 06/20/16 | NBC Connecticut

    NBC Connecticut: License Plate Scanners Increasing Pull-Over Rates

    David McGuire speaks with NBC Connecticut’s Ken Buffa regarding police use of license plate scanners in Connecticut.

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  • 06/20/16 | The Cooperator

    The Cooperator: Do Police Need A Warrant to Search Your Unit?

    “The case is important in Connecticut because it will hopefully reiterate that drug dogs sniff through the door, so odors through the door need to be conducted pursuant to a search warrant. It’s an important privacy principle that applies to those who own houses, and also to apartment dwellers. But this ruling would make clear that apartment dwellers do not have lesser privacy rights,” says Dan Barrett, the legal director of the ACLU of Connecticut.

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