Monthly Archives: April 2016

California Police Transparency Bill Passes First Legislative Hurdle

SACRAMENTO–With a 5-1 vote in the Senate’s Public Safety Committee today, Senator Mark Leno’s Senate Bill 1286 will advance in the California Legislature. The bill gives the public access to crucial information about how police departments handle the most serious…

Hundreds Rally for Bills to Curb Policing for Profit and Police Secrecy

SACRAMENTO–Nearly two hundred ACLU members and allies rallied at the steps of the Capitol alongside state Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) today in support of legislation to curb police abuse in California, specifically Senate Bill 443 (Mitchell) and Senate Bill…

Deported Veterans: Banished from Their Own Country

By Lida Dianti To some U.S. veterans, the tragedy of war is more than the violence or conflict on the ground. It is a shadow that follows them home in the form of unemployment, PTSD and substance abuse. Non-citizen veterans—despite…

ACLU Warns New Border Patrol Use-of-Force Data ‘Raises Several Alarms’

WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection released statistics today on use-of-force incidents for fiscal year 2015-2016, claiming a reduction in incidents but not addressing necessary reforms. The statement below can be attributed to Chris Rickerd, policy counsel with the…