Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

ACLU of Indiana sues school officials over T-shirt dispute

Nov. 23, 2020 4:03 PM EST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is suing officials at a northern Indiana school, alleging that they violated a Black student's constitutional rights by sending him home for wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the text, “I hope I don’t get killed for being...

Lawsuit: Firm did not protect meatpacking workers from virus

Nov. 23, 2020 1:15 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska meatpacking plant has been accused in a lawsuit of failing to take adequate precautions to protect workers from the coronavirus. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the federal lawsuit on Monday against Noah’s Ark Processors in Hastings, Nebraska. The lawsuit said...

California city to pay teens $100,000 after rough arrest

Nov. 20, 2020 5:51 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California city of Delano has agreed to pay more than $100,000 to four teenagers to settle a lawsuit accusing police of falsely handcuffing and arresting them last year as the group walked to a school to pick up prom tickets. Under terms of the agreement announced Friday by the...

Utah State Prison reports 3rd inmate dies from COVID-19

Nov. 17, 2020 9:46 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Department of Corrections has reported a third inmate has died after contracting the coronavirus at the state prison. The 50-year-old man was the youngest inmate in Utah to die after testing positive for COVID-19, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. He was originally hospitalized...

Kansas college settles lawsuit over recruitment of athletes

Nov. 16, 2020 4:56 PM EST

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A small community college in northeast Kansas has settled a lawsuit accusing it of directing coaches to recruit more white athletes and subjecting Black students to excessive scrutiny such as background checks before offering them scholarships. Terms of the settlement were not...

Colorado, ACLU reach deal to protect inmates from virus

Nov. 13, 2020 6:27 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The state corrections department would hire a consultant to help it identify and protect medically vulnerable inmates from the coronavirus under a proposed settlement of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union, it was announced Friday. The deal, which must be approved by a judge, also...

Labor, civil rights groups: Iowa failed to protect workers

Nov. 13, 2020 5:52 PM EST

Eight Iowa labor and civil rights groups filed a federal complaint Friday alleging the state has failed to protect workers in meatpacking, dairy, construction, transportation, health care facilities, nursing homes and other industries. The complaint filed with the federal Occupational Safety and Health...

This undated photo provided by the family through the NAACP shows Quawan Charles. Activists and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana are calling for an independent investigation into the death of Charles, a Black 15-year-old whose body was found Nov. 3, 2020, days after he was reported missing. (Family Photo/Courtesy of NAACP via AP)

Calls for independent investigation of Black teen's death

Nov. 12, 2020 6:19 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Activists and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana are calling for an independent investigation into the death of a Black 15-year-old whose body was found several days after he was reported missing. “This is a nightmare,” Quawan “Bobby”...

Federal judge hears arguments in Omaha protest lawsuit

Nov. 11, 2020 1:30 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Arguments were heard this week in Omaha’s federal court in a lawsuit that accuses Omaha police of using excessive force when they responded earlier this year to protests against police brutality and racial injustice. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska filed the...

Idaho Supreme Court eyes state's public defender system

Nov. 6, 2020 4:27 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho on Friday asked the Idaho Supreme Court to declare the state’s public defender system inadequate under the U.S. Constitution and order the state to fix it. Liz Lockwood told justices that the state’s justice...