Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

Critics of Missouri abortion law sue over referendum failure

Aug. 22, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Abortion-rights advocates on Thursday sued Missouri's top election official, alleging his actions and state laws denied them the right to put one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws to a public vote. No Bans on Choice Committee and the American Civil Liberties Union sought...

Lawsuit: US citizen held for skin color, Latino name

Aug. 21, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Honduran-born U.S. citizen says in a federal lawsuit that he was illegally held in a Louisiana jail for days because a sheriff's office wrongly suspected he was in the country illegally. Lawyers for the New Orleans-based American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed the suit...

Soldier from India awarded citizenship after long delay

Aug. 17, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union says a member of the U.S. Army from India has been granted citizenship after a lengthy delay. Army Specialist Hiren Korat had enlisted in the Army three years ago as part of a program that was supposed to lead to expedited citizenship. But after two...

Amazon: Facial recognition program for cops detects emotion

Aug. 16, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has announced its facial recognition program used by one Washington state police agency can now detect emotion, generating concerns from privacy advocates. KING-TV reported Thursday that Amazon announced its Rekognition tool has been enhanced to detect basic emotions, including fear....

Missouri abortion law critics won't seek signatures for vote

Aug. 15, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Critics of a new Missouri law that bans abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy say they won't make a push to gather the signatures needed to block it pending a public vote, meaning it's on course to take effect at the end of the month. Opponents of the law sought a referendum...

The Latest: Critics of Missouri abortion law drop vote push

Aug. 15, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on efforts to put new Missouri abortion restrictions to a public vote (all times local): 1:35 p.m. Critics of a new Missouri law that restricts abortions say they won't make a push to gather the signatures needed to put it to a public vote. The American Civil Liberties...

Correction: Abortion-Missouri story

Aug. 15, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In a story Aug. 14 about a referendum petition on a new Missouri abortion law, The Associated Press reported erroneously the date that Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft rejected the petition. He rejected the petition June 6, not May 6. A corrected version of the story is below:...

Police to install surveillance cameras despite judge's order

Aug. 14, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire police department says it will install surveillance cameras despite a judge's warning they could violate privacy laws. New Hampshire Public Radio reports that the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire sued the city of Manchester over the cameras in June. A...

ACLU says Wyoming can cut its prison population in half

Aug. 14, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union says Wyoming could cut its prison population in half by 2025 with a series of reforms that includes reducing prison sentences for drug crimes and ending prison terms for drug possession convictions. The advocacy organization says in a report Tuesday...

Complaint filed against ICE over man detained at courthouse

Aug. 13, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Attorneys working with the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a complaint against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, demanding the agency pay $100,000 for briefly detaining a U.S. citizen outside the Washington County Courthouse. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports Isidro...