Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

ACLU settles two lawsuits of police abuse cases in Louisiana

Feb. 02, 2023 18:36 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A civil rights group in New Orleans is pointing to two federal lawsuit settlements as examples of how civil litigation can hold police accountable for violent tactics in the wake of Tyre Nichols' death in Memphis. The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana...

Florida city highlights conflicts over local gerrymandering

Feb. 02, 2023 08:34 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Not far from the postcard images of Jacksonville -- the white sand beaches, the riverfront fountain, the upscale shopping district — is another side of the city. Here, neighborhood roads are pitted with potholes and sometimes unpaved. Weeds swallow...

Police settle Louisiana suit over 2020 beating of Black man

Jan. 31, 2023 17:09 PM EST

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by a Black man who said police officers in a Louisiana city threw him to the ground, slammed his face into the sidewalk and detained him in a mental health unit in retaliation for criticizing the police. Terms...

Donald Trump to be allowed back on Facebook after 2-year ban

Jan. 25, 2023 23:06 PM EST

Facebook parent Meta said Wednesday it will restore former President Donald Trump 's personal account in the coming weeks, ending a two-year suspension it imposed in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection. The company said in a blog post it is adding “new guardrails” to ensure there...

West Virginia advances gun bill for K-12 school staff

Jan. 25, 2023 19:25 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill that would allow teachers, administrators and support personnel to carry guns in K-12 public schools is advancing in the West Virginia House of Delegates. The proposal passed the House Education Committee on Wednesday, just one day after the state...

New marijuana legalization bill gets New Hampshire hearing

Jan. 25, 2023 17:21 PM EST

CONCORD, N.h. (AP) — The New Hampshire Legislature is once again debating recreational use of marijuana but efforts to legalize it still face significant hurdles. In the decade since the state legalized medical marijuana, the House has passed recreational marijuana bills several...

ACLU sues Bennington police over 2016 investigation, arrest

Jan. 19, 2023 17:06 PM EST

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Bennington man is suing the town, its police chief and two officers, accusing them of violating his constitutional rights by arresting him in the 2016 armed robbery of two convenience store workers even though he says there was no evidence linking him to the crime. ...

Judge rejects lawsuit to stop planned eviction of homeless

Jan. 17, 2023 13:36 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit against New Hampshire's largest city to prevent the planned eviction of homeless people at an encampment. The encampment, which may contain up to 50 people, received notice earlier this month from the city of Manchester...

Florida teachers move to block DeSantis questions on CRT

Jan. 11, 2023 17:50 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A group of Florida college professors on Wednesday asked a federal judge to block Gov. Ron DeSantis from requesting spending data on diversity, equity and inclusion and critical race theory programs in state universities. The filing comes as part of a...

Bills seek Nebraska voter ID, would nix most voting by mail

Jan. 10, 2023 16:55 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Bills introduced Tuesday in the Nebraska Legislature address a voter ID requirement passed in November by voters, but also add measures that critics say are designed to make it harder to vote. Two bills introduced by state Sen. Steve Erdman, of Bayard, go...