Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

ACLU says Census Bureau should stop driver license requests

Oct. 17, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A civil rights group is asking state motor vehicle agencies across the U.S. to reject a request from the U.S. Census Bureau for drivers' license records, saying it is part of a scheme to reduce the political power of minority groups. The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday said...

Alaska city's insurance lawyer to handle rape claim case

Oct. 16, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

NOME, Alaska (AP) — An official in a small Alaska town said Wednesday that an attorney hired by the city's insurance company is handling a claim by a former 911 dispatcher who says her colleagues at the police department failed to investigate her report that a man raped her in her home. Nome's interim City...

Lawsuit challenges state's use of solitary confinement

Oct. 16, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A prisoner who suffers from several mental health disorders and has been held in solitary confinement for more than 12 years is one of four who filed a class-action lawsuit against the state of North Carolina on Wednesday, saying the treatment violates the state constitution's ban on...

Iowa man sues Minnesota police, alleges internal bleeding

Oct. 15, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) — An Iowa man who was arrested by Minnesota police in January has sued the city and its department, alleging his encounter with an officer and civilian who was riding along left him with four broken ribs and internal bleeding. Kelvin Rodriguez, 33, of Sheldon, Iowa, filed his...

School suspends girls, says rape-awareness note was bullying

Oct. 15, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 15-year-old girl was suspended for bullying after trying to draw attention to what she believed was an unaddressed problem of sexual assaults involving students at her high school. Now, she's taking the school district to court. Aela Mansmann, a 15-year-old sophomore at Cape...

Suit says feds using immigration marriage interviews as trap

Oct. 12, 2019 12:47 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Alyse and Elmer Sanchez were thrilled when they survived their "green card" interview, a crucial step in obtaining lawful status in the United States. She texted her family from the immigration office as relief washed over her: The officer had agreed that their marriage is legitimate....

California adopts broadest US rules for seizing guns

Oct. 11, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a law that will make the state the first to allow employers, co-workers and teachers to seek gun violence restraining orders against other people. The bill was vetoed twice by former governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, and goes beyond a...

California eases mandatory sentences, restricts body cameras

Oct. 9, 2019 1:13 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will soon end some mandatory sentences, make it easier to expunge old criminal records, bar charging inmates for medical care and ban police from using facial recognition software on body cameras under more than two dozen criminal justice bills that freshman Gov. Gavin...

Suit says feds using immigration marriage interviews as trap

Oct. 8, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Alyse and Elmer Sanchez were thrilled when they survived their "green card" interview, a crucial step in obtaining lawful status in the United States. She texted her family from the immigration office as relief washed over her: The officer had agreed that their marriage is legitimate....

ACLU files suit on behalf of pregnant LA dockworkers

Oct. 7, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawsuit alleges that a dockworkers' union and a shipping trade group discriminate against pregnant day workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California filed the suit Monday on behalf of three women who are non-union...