Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

Judge blocks NC law provision aimed at farm workers' union

Sep. 16, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's only farm worker union is pleased despite mixed decisions so far from federal courts about a 2017 law it says obstructs mostly Latino field hands organizing for better benefits and conditions. U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs...

South Carolina jail to add virus protections after ACLU deal

Sep. 16, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina county jail will implement new COVID-19 protections for inmates to settle a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and other legal groups. Operators of the Spartanburg County Detention Center agreed in July...

South Carolina officials want out of mask mandate ban suit

Sep. 15, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

South Carolina officials who have been sued over a law banning school districts from issuing face mask mandates say that they should be removed from pending litigation. That's the argument made in recent court filings from Gov. Henry McMaster, Attorney General Alan Wilson...

US steps up effort to unite families separated under Trump

Sep. 13, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is expanding its effort to find and reunite migrant families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border under President Donald Trump as part of a zero-tolerance policy on illegal crossings. A federal task force is launching a...

Kentucky reaches settlement over placement of foster kids

Sep. 13, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials have reached an agreement over how the state will oversee treatment of foster children placed with private agencies. The settlement came from a two decades-old federal lawsuit alleging religious coercion of children and...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Sep. 13, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

Detroit News. Sept. 7, 2021. Editorial: Grand Rapids fingerprinting policy violates privacy The Constitution explicitly protects Americans from unreasonable search and seizure, yet it seems the Grand Rapids Police Department infringed on residents’...

Minnesota State Patrol purged messages after Floyd protests

Sep. 06, 2021 22:47 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol purged emails and text messages immediately after protests over the death of George Floyd last year, according to testimony in a lawsuit that alleges the agency targeted journalists during the unrest. During a July 28...

Parents of disabled kids sue over Iowa ban on mask mandates

Sep. 03, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A group of parents of disabled students filed a lawsuit Friday seeking to strike down Iowa's law banning schools from requiring masks, arguing it endangers their health and denies equal access to education. The lawsuit, backed by the American...

White House urged to shutter privately run Kansas prison

Sep. 03, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A privately run maximum security federal prison in Kansas is dangerous and should be shut down when its contract expires at the end of this year, civil rights advocates and federal public defenders urged the White House in a letter. The 10-page...

Arkansas inmates not told they were given anti-parasite drug

Sep. 01, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Several inmates at a northwest Arkansas jail said they weren't told a medication they were given to treat COVID-19 was actually an anti-parasite drug that federal health officials have warned should not be used to treat the coronavirus. Three...