We believe that police violence cannot be effectively addressed without completely reimagining the role of police. Connecticut, like the rest of the country, must reduce the role, responsibilities, and presence of police, especially in Black and Latinx communities. This means, at minimum, diverting funds from policing to instead build safe and healthy communities. Through litigation, legislative advocacy, and education, the ACLU of Connecticut seeks changes to counterproductive policies that have disproportionately harmed communities of color in our state, and to educate people about their rights when interacting with police. We have fought against the increasing militarization of local police departments, sought an end to civil asset forfeiture, called for warrant requirements before police use drones to spy, warned against the weaponization of police drones, and condemned racial disparities in traffic stops. We sued after police unjustly stopped and searched a pregnant woman, a music minister, and a protester. We helped to pass landmark laws to require police transparency about Taser use and to require police to obtain warrants before using "stingrays" to spy on people's private cellphone communications.
- 118 people have died after being tased by police in Connecticut since 2005. 12 were Black or Latino.
- 2In 2015, statewide, police disproportionately searched Black and Latino drivers, but were less likely to find illegal substances than in white drivers' cars.
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- September 15, 2016
S.B. 1093, An Act Concerning Civilian Police Review Boards, Security Guards, Body-Worn Recording Equipment and Searches by PoliceApril 26, 2021
Senate Bill 296, An Act Establishing a Right to Appeal the Decision of a Municipal Ethics Board to the Office of State EthicsMarch 18, 2021
Senate Bill 1011, An Act Concerning the Use of Opioid Antagonists and Epinephrine Cartridge Injectors by Police OfficersMarch 17, 2021
Senate Bill 939, An Act Providing Immunity from Civil Liability to a Physician Who Accompanies and Assists a State, Regional or Municipal SWAT TeamMarch 17, 2021
House Bill 6597, An Act Concerning Accreditation, Reporting Requirements, Mental Health, Data Storage Services and Training of Law Enforcement OfficersMarch 16, 2021
Senate Bill 982, An Act Revising Motor Vehicle Statutes, and Senate Bill 983, An Act Concerning Slowing Down for Service VehiclesMarch 12, 2021