Police Practices

Protecting public safety doesn't mean sacrificing civil liberties


Racial profiling, selective enforcement must end.

Good police practices, thorough training, carefully crafted policies, and appropriate allocation of resources in law enforcement can ensure public safety and prevent abuses in encounters between police and other law enforcement officers and the public.

Unfortunately, across the nation and here in San Diego and Imperial counties, patterns of racial profiling, the selective enforcement of laws against people of color, and disturbing traffic- and pedestrian-stop policies have resulted in a disproportionate effect on communities of color and poorer communities.


ACLU Responds to President Trump’s Comments to Police

WASHINGTON, DC — President Trump addressed a group of law enforcement officers in Brentwood, New York, today and endorsed the use of force against people police suspect of criminal activity.Jeffery... Read More

Police Practices

What Did We Really Learn About Biased Policing In San Diego?

After waiting sixteen years for an analysis of San Diego Police Department traffic stop data to address concerns about biased policing, we are shocked and disappointed to learn that San Diegans were provided a muted... Read More

The Search For The Next Chief of Police

The ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties strongly supports robust civic engagement in decision-making about the next Chief of the San Diego Police Department.   For this reason, we are pleased to see that the... Read More


ACLU to Jeff Sessions: Repeating The Failed War on Drugs Experiment Is Taking the Nation Back by Decades

NEW YORK —Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed the criminal justice policy by former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. that instructed prosecutors to avoid charging certain defendants with drug offenses that... Read More

Police Practices

ACLU of California Issues Texas Travel Advisory

SACRAMENTO – The American Civil Liberties Union of California issued a travel alert today informing anyone planning to travel to Texas in the near future to anticipate the possible violation of their constitutional... Read More