Los Angeles will be the first large city to use body cameras across its entire police force. The plan was supported by police and civil liberties groups, officials said.
While several progressive, particularly civil rights groups, praised Obama’s nomination of U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general, the American Civil Liberties Union was silent.
The FBI fabricated a news story and posted it on a fake Seattle Times website to identify a bomb threat suspect. The paper is outraged.
The ACLU filed a class action lawsuit against the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in California on Wednesday. Gay, transgender, and bisexual inmates do not have access to opportunities and are often treated with neglect or abuse, the lawsuit alleged.
The state law makes it a felony to display or distribute any nude photo of another person without their consent. The ACLU says that could include anything from baby photos to books containing the iconic Vietnam War image of the “napalm girl.”
“Such clear disregard of well-established medical protocols constitutes cruel and unusual punishment,” Manning’s attorneys say in statement.
Pennsylvania’s desire to keep lethal injection drug information hidden from the public “is flatly inconsistent with our governmental values and our Constitution,” media organizations argue.
With the help of libertarians, the ACLU, and a law from Maryland, the conservative legislature in Utah is leading the way in reigning in police tactics.
The ACLU reached an agreement with the federal government to allow nine immigrants who were misinformed or pressured into leaving the country to come back as part of a class-action lawsuit.
The suit alleges the women and children were victims of violence, death threats, rape, and persecution in Central America and should not have been subject to expedited deportation.
From the death of Michael Brown to the police handling of the protests and beyond, the legal fallout is just starting, experts say.
Rep. Hank Johnson pivots off Ferguson to introduce the “Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act.”
The lawsuit claims the agents’ actions in killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez were “unreasonable” and “excessive,” and it asks for a trial by jury.
Hobby Lobby, 2015, and President Obama.
The FBI can continue to classify Juggalos as “criminal gang members.”
Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca, 15, was shot in 2010 by a Border Patrol agent. The boy’s parents can now move forward with a lawsuit civil suit.
Children and teenagers were kicked, yelled at, forced to drink from toilets, and denied food and medical care, according to a complaint filed today.
The civil rights organization said there has been no response to a Freedom of Information Act request it filed on Feb. 21.
Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement of a $4.75 million data collection grant-based program is met with pushback from advocates seeking federal action to stop racial profiling.
The Mississippi bill is the first of many varying “religious freedom” bills introduced in several states this year to advance to a governor since a more expansive bill was vetoed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in February. Update: Gov. Bryant signed the bill April 3.
How the U.S. Supreme Court rules in the Hobby Lobby religious freedom case will likely impact the next stage of the debate over state-level religious protection laws like the one recently vetoed in Arizona.
Facing concerns that the bill would lead to discrimination, lawmakers amended its language to bring the issue to a study committee. The move, though, sends the bill back to the state Senate, where it could be amended further.
An amended version of the bill could be considered by the full House any day now.
Although she calls a court ruling granting immediate marriage equality in Cook County, Ill., “persuasive,” Attorney General Lisa Madigan avoids telling clerks in other counties what to do now. Update: Gov. Pat Quinn says Madigan’s guidance means the state will accept marriage licenses issued by any county.
The Feb. 21 court ruling allowing same-sex couples to marry immediately only applies to Cook County, which includes Chicago, according to state officials. LGBT advocates had been urging last week for immediate statewide application of the ruling.
“There is no reason to delay further when no opposition has been presented to this Court and committed gay and lesbian couples have already suffered from the denial of their fundamental right to marry.” [Update: Advocates say the ruling should impact the entire state.]
Legislation that would protect those who discriminate against LGBT people based on religious beliefs either failed or faced major setbacks in South Dakota, Kansas, Idaho, and Tennessee. LGBT advocates say the failures are an “important repudiation” of the latest anti-LGBT tactics. Update: The Arizona Senate, however, approved a similar bill Wednesday.
“Wisconsin’s discriminatory exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage does not serve any compelling, important, or even legitimate government interest,” the lawsuit argues.
“[E]ven one day more of our marriage not being recognized as legal is too much,” the lead plaintiff in the case, JoNell Evans, says. The ACLU filed a lawsuit Tuesday, asking a state court to order Utah officials to recognize the roughly 1,300 marriages entered into by same-sex couples there.
Same-sex couples who may be running out of time due to terminal illness won’t have to wait to marry any longer.