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Alicea v. Cromwell

The ACLU and ACLU of Connecticut have filed a pregnancy discrimination charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) on behalf of police officer Sarah Alicea.

August 28, 2017 Women's Rights Reproductive Freedom

Picard v. Torneo, Jacobi, Barone

In a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court, the ACLU-CT contends that three state police troopers illegally retaliated against and interfered with a protester by searching and detaining him, confiscating his camera, and charging him with fabricated criminal infractions.

September 15, 2016 Policing Free Speech

Vereen v. Ruffin and Vasquez

On May 30, 2015, Woodrow Vereen, a music minister, juvenile detention officer, and father of three, was taking his young sons out for ice cream after a Little League game. On the way, Bridgeport police officers Keith Ruffin and Carlos Vasquez stopped him for allegedly running a yellow light.

April 26, 2016 Privacy Policing Racial Justice

Libertarian Party v. Merrill

Under a Connecticut election law, political parties that had not garnered enough votes to automatically list candidates on election ballots were required to petition the Secretary of State for permission to have candidates listed on ballots.

December 30, 2015 Free Speech

Cash v. Town of East Haven et al

In 2013, Dominique Cash was stopped, removed from her car at gunpoint, and detained by East Haven police. She was eight months pregnant, and she had done nothing wrong. After the incident, an East Haven Police Department internal investigation led to the department disciplining several officers.

January 16, 2015 Privacy Policing