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California is Finally Getting Serious about Police Reform

  On a daily basis, Americans now see people of color unjustifiably killed by law enforcement. Particularly disheartening is that many of these homicides border on the edge of horrific. Police officers partially severed Freddie Gray’s spine while he was…

Lista de Auto-Identificación con Respecto al Caso Cuestionando “Salida Voluntaria”

  ESPAÑOL La ACLU, una organización de derechos humanos, interpuso una demanda colectiva en contra de la forma como los agentes de inmigración del sur de California administran las “salidas voluntarias.” Con aprobación de la Corte empieza la búsqueda en…

Challenging District Attorney’s Denial of Sentencing Relief to Juveniles

  SAN DIEGO – The ACLU of California requested permission from the Court of Appeal’s Fourth Appellate District today to file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a juvenile who was denied sentencing relief under Proposition 47 simply due to…

Walter Scott Matters. #blacklivesmatter

  You’ve probably seen—or at least read about—the gut-wrenching video from South Carolina, in which a white police officer, Michael T. Slager, can be seen shooting an unarmed black man, Walter L. Scott, in the back eight times as he…

ACLU of California Applauds Immigration Bill Package Introduction

  SACRAMENTO–Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), and other members of the Legislature unveiled legislation today that would enhance protections for undocumented Californians. The package of bills includes a measure sponsored…

Two Policing Bills Could Have Big Impact in Curbing Racial Bias

  If two bills are signed by Governor Brown this fall, California will take another important step toward improving public safety and upholding civil liberties. The bills, AB 953 and AB 619, introduced by San Diego Assemblymember Shirley Weber, would modernize…

Get a Warrant!

  The California legislature today took an important step toward updating the laws that protect our electronic information when the state Senate’s Committee on Public Safety approved the California Electronic Privacy Act (CalECPA). The bill, which enjoys bipartisan authorship and…

ACLU Policy Director Tapped to Lead Criminal Justice & Drug Policy at the ACLU of California

  After three years with the San Diego affiliate and ten years working on criminal justice reform, Margaret Dooley-Sammuli has been tapped to serve as the director of ACLU of California’s Criminal Justice & Drug Policy project. The ACLU of…

ACLU Statement on Report Assessing SDPD’s Misconduct Policies

  In response to the release today of a U.S. Department of Justice report examining the San Diego Police Department’s policies and practices “related to preventing and detecting misconduct,” the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties issues the following…

Constitution? What Constitution?

  “I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California.” That’s the oath every lawyer in California takes, including prosecutors. But San Diego prosecutors need a refresher course on the Constitution. They’re…

San Diego ACLU Weighs In on SDPD’s Race Data Report

SAN DIEGO – On Wednesday, February 25, San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman will present the department’s demographic data on vehicle stops to the San Diego City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods (PSLN) Committee. The ACLU of San Diego &…

ACLU Demands Transparency of Border Patrol’s Extensive “Roving Patrol” Operations

  SAN DIEGO – Charging that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have failed to respond to requests for information regarding U.S. Border Patrol’s interior “roving patrol” operations—during which agents stop and detain…

Voting Rights Groups Move to Enforce ‘Motor Voter’ in California

  Citing clear evidence that the State of California is violating its federally-mandated responsibility to offer California drivers and ID card holders the opportunity to register to vote, attorneys from the ACLU Foundation of San Diego and Imperial Counties, Demos, Project…

A Man Faces Life in Prison for … Rapping

****************************************** UPDATE! March 16, 2015 A judge dismissed all charges against San Diego rapper and another man who were accused under a conspiracy law under which District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’s office prosecuted people identified as gang members if they promote,…

Yes, Robert, There Is Free Expression

  Today, in another stand for free expression, the San Diego ACLU successfully defended the right of a middle school student to wear a t-shirt to school that some may find offensive, but represents classic political speech fully protected by…