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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, ACLU charges “blatant violation of 1st Amendment”

San Diego prosecutors admit that Brandon Duncan was not at the scene of any one of several shootings in the city, and they have no evidence linking him to those shootings that occurred between May 2013 and February 2014. Still,…

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…

ACLU Expands Advocacy in Sacramento

  Sacramento – Today the ACLU of California unveiled plans to expand its advocacy work through its legislative office, the Sacramento-based Center for Advocacy and Policy. The organization also welcomed Natasha Minsker as center director and Kevin Baker as legislative…

ACLU Calls on San Marcos School to Redirect Fundraiser to a Nonreligious Group

 * * * * * * * * * * UPDATE – Dec. 10, 2014 Dec. 10,  2014 – Today, the ACLU received an email from the San Marcos Unified School District announcing the following: In order to ensure that San…

Immigration Officers Ordering Illegal Deportations without Hearings, Finds ACLU

  NEW YORK – In the first comprehensive study of expedited deportations ordered by federal immigration agents instead of judges, the American Civil Liberties Union found numerous incidents of people with rights or strong claims to be in the United…

ACLU Comment on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

  ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., has declined to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on charges in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. The following is reaction from Jeffrey Mittman, executive director…

ACLU Celebrates Announcement of Expanded Relief from Deportation for 5 Million

  Tonight, the ACLU of California celebrates the President’s momentous move to keep millions of hard working families together by expanding administrative relief from deportation for five million undocumented immigrants, including an estimated 1.5-1.6 million in California. For far too long, more…