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ACLU Commends Grand Rapids Police Decision to End Trespass Policy That Led to Disproportionate Arrest of African-Americans

ACLU Commends Grand Rapids Police Decision to End Trespass Policy That Led to Disproportionate Arrest of African-Americans

2017-06-29 00:00:00

The ACLU is hailing a recent decision by the Grand Rapids Police Department to end a policy that permitted police officers to arrest innocent people for trespassing at local businesses during operating hours—even when business owners didn’t ask them to leave.

State Supreme Court Puts on Hold Trial of Man Charged for Facebook Comment

State Supreme Court Puts on Hold Trial of Man Charged for Facebook Comment

2017-06-01 00:00:00

The state Supreme Court yesterday decided to put on hold the trial of Nheru Littleton, a Detroit man who was arrested last year and charged with making "terroristic threats" after posting an angry comment about police on his Facebook page.

Dan Korobkin, Deputy Legal Director for the ACLU of Michigan, issued the following statement about the court's decision:

ACLU of Michigan ED Kary Moss Issues Statement on Dallas Shootings

ACLU of Michigan ED Kary Moss Issues Statement on Dallas Shootings

2016-07-08 00:00:00

Kary Moss, Executive Director of the ACLU of Michigan, issued the following statement today in the wake of the recent killings of Philandro Castile and Alton Sterling by police and the sniper attacks on Dallas police officers yesterday: The frightening violence that has unfolded the past few days in Minnesota and Louisiana underscores the urgent need to address police violence and bias in our criminal justice system.

ACLU of Louisiana Issues Statement on Alton Sterling

ACLU of Louisiana Issues Statement on Alton Sterling

2016-07-06 00:00:00

BATON ROUGE — Details surrounding the shooting last night of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, continue to emerge. In reaction, ACLU of Louisiana Executive Director Marjorie Esman issued the following statement:

“Alton Sterling was shot to death while he was on the ground and two police officers were on top of him. Sadly, Mr. Sterling is the 122nd Black person to be killed by U.S. law enforcement this year. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and the city of Baton Rouge.

An ACLU Lawyer’s Appeal for a Renewed Commitment to Social Justice

An ACLU Lawyer’s Appeal for a Renewed Commitment to Social Justice

2016-01-05 00:00:00

Throughout 2015, black students across the country were forced to face down racial hostility and violence on college campuses that seemed drawn straight from the Jim Crow era.  In addition, a leading presidential candidate spent much of the year promising to build a wall to keep out Mexican immigrants.

Why I Fear for My Brother—and Other Black Men, Too

Why I Fear for My Brother—and Other Black Men, Too

2015-09-02 00:00:00

Every day, it seems, some new report of a police officer killing a black man comes to light.

And every time one does, a little more despondence darkens my outlook.

It’s as if any action by a black boy or man that, in the mind of the officer, does not indicate complete and utter subjugation, is grounds for deadly force. As much as I depend and trust on the police to protect me, I can’t believe that this is the role that law enforcement was meant so serve.

In fact, I know that’s not the role that the police serve outside of the black community.

Militarization of Police Turns Neighborhoods into Warzones, Residents into Enemy Combatants

Militarization of Police Turns Neighborhoods into Warzones, Residents into Enemy Combatants

2015-04-09 00:00:00

By now, many of us have seen the gut-wrenching video that shows white South Carolina police officer Michael T. Slager shooting Walter L. Scott, an unarmed black man, in the back eight times as Scott flees the scene. Although Officer Slager claimed he fired in self-defense, the video contradicts that story.

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The following is a statement from the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan Executive Director Kary L. Moss regarding the Facebook post of Michigan State...
The ACLU is hailing a recent decision by the Grand Rapids Police Department to end a policy that permitted police officers to arrest innocent people for...
The state Supreme Court yesterday decided to put on hold the trial of Nheru Littleton, a Detroit man who was arrested last year and charged with making "...
Kary Moss, Executive Director of the ACLU of Michigan, issued the following statement today in the wake of the recent killings of Philandro Castile and Alton...
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