Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

Lawmakers: South Carolina redistricting lawsuit is premature

Oct. 21, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Leading South Carolina Republican lawmakers are dismissing allegations they are taking too long to draw new congressional and legislative districts, arguing that legal action should be held off until new lines are actually drawn. The response came...

ACLU demands reform after Black girl arrested in Hawaii

Oct. 18, 2021 22:12 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police officers and officials with Hawaii’s public school system discriminated against a disabled Black child by handcuffing, arresting and interrogating the 10-year-old girl for a “run-of-the-mill” dispute between children, the American Civil Liberties Union...

Ivey plans special session in October on redistricting

Oct. 14, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers will gather later this month to draw new legislative and congressional district lines, a process undertaken every 10 years after census numbers are released, Gov. Kay Ivey announced Thursday. The special session will begin Oct....

Lawsuit says South Carolina redistricting is taking too long

Oct. 12, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two civil rights groups are suing South Carolina, saying state lawmakers are taking too long to draw new maps for U.S. and state House districts. Candidates are required to file to run for the 2022 races by the end of March, but time is running out...

ACLU: Feds need to investigate police in Detroit suburb

Oct. 07, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union asked the federal government Thursday to investigate the use of force by a suburban Detroit police department, especially incidents involving Black people. Officers in Taylor have injured people and created an...

Kansas governor expands voter registration to state agencies

Oct. 01, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas residents can now register to vote at the state agencies where they receive public benefits under an agreement with civil rights groups that brings the state back into compliance with federal election law, the governor said Friday. The Kansas...

Lawsuit: NYPD still hiding discipline files after law change

Sep. 30, 2021 21:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued New York City’s police department on Thursday, saying it is illegally keeping the vast majority of officer disciplinary records out of public view. The New York Civil Liberties Union said...

Missouri abortion law leads to court battle over referendums

Sep. 29, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri law seeking to ban most abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy led to a legal battle Wednesday before the state's highest court over whether the people's right to overturn laws passed by the Legislature has been illegally limited by procedural...

Biden caught between allies and critics on border policy

Sep. 29, 2021 07:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is caught between a hard place and an even harder one when it comes to immigration. Biden embraced major progressive policy goals on the issue after he won the Democratic nomination, and he has begun enacting some. But his...

Federal judge overturns South Carolina school mask ban

Sep. 28, 2021 22:08 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday suspended South Carolina from enforcing a rule that banned school districts from requiring masks for students. Parents of disabled children, helped by the American Civil Liberties Union, sued the state saying the ban...