Post Tagged with: "ACLU"

ACLU Files Court Brief Against Effort To Overturn RI’s Reproductive Freedom Law

  The ACLU of Rhode Island today filed a court brief seeking to beat back an effort to overturn a state law that protects an individual’s right to an abortion.  The filing comes amidst an organized campaign across the country by opponents of reproductive freedom to restrict access to the[Read More…]

by September 20, 2021

Over 2.4 Million Vehicles “Detected” Cranston City Council To Hold Special Meeting: Unauthorized Police Camera Installation

Cranston City Council President Christopher Paplauskas  has called a Special Council Meeting for this evening, Monday, September 13, @ 8PM for the purpose of  a “Discussion with the Police Department Regarding License Plate – Camera Pilot Program” The Cranston Police Department, apparently without the benefit of discussion/consultation with Town Government,[Read More…]

by September 13, 2021

ORGANIZATIONS CALL FOR HALT TO ACI LOCKDOWNS TO ALLOW CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS TO ENJOY “OFFICERS WEEK” CELEBRATION

  The ACLU of RI and the RI Center for Justice have sent a letter to RIDOC Director Patricia Coyne-Fague over plans for a multi-day lockdown of ACI prisoners so that correctional officers can partake in “National Correctional Officers’ Week” events, including a cookout with golf and volleyball elsewhere in Cranston and[Read More…]

by September 11, 2021

ACLU Calls On Cranston, Pawtucket, & Woonsocket to Halt ALPR Camera Program

  The ACLU of Rhode Island today called on the city councils in Cranston, Pawtucket, and Woonsocket to direct their respective police departments to halt the use of automated license plate reader (ALPR) technology leased from the company Flock Safety. In a letter sent to the city council and mayor[Read More…]

by September 7, 2021

ACLU OF RHODE ISLAND STATEMENT ON INSTALLATION OF VEHICLE SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS IN CRANSTON, PAWTUCKET AND WOONSOCKET

  “The installation of surveillance tools that directly impact the privacy of Rhode Island residents and others driving through the communities where they are installed is disturbing in itself. But the clandestine nature by which the cameras were placed, and the failure of the three cities in which the trial[Read More…]

by August 18, 2021

IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS ADVOCATES HEAD BACK TO COURT OVER TITLE 42 EXPULSIONS

  Groups that sued the Trump administration over Title 42 expulsions of asylum seekers are heading back to court after hitting an impasse in negotiations with the Biden administration to end the policy. The American Civil Liberties Union, Texas Civil Rights Project, RAICES, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, Oxfam,[Read More…]

by August 3, 2021

ACLU DEMANDS ACTION ON ILLEGAL CRANSTON TRAFFIC STOP POLICY

  The ACLU of Rhode Island has called on Cranston Mayor Kenneth Hopkins and the Cranston City Council to “take immediate action to halt what appears to be a long-standing and flagrant violation of the law by the Cranston Police Department” – a traffic stop quota policy, requiring police officers to[Read More…]

by July 20, 2021

ACLU Calls On Providence Officials To Address Dubious Attempt To Oust Homeless From Wilson Street Encampment

  The ACLU of Rhode Island has called on Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Commissioner of Public Safety Steven Paré to address the “actions and constitutionally suspect procedural shortcuts” that it took last week in an attempt to oust the people living in a homeless encampment on Wilson Street in[Read More…]

by June 17, 2021

U.S. SUPREME COURT UNANIMOUSLY PROTECTS PRIVACY IN MAJOR “SEARCH AND SEIZURE” CASE FROM RHODE ISLAND 

In an important victory for privacy rights, the U.S Supreme Court today unanimously rejected police arguments that engaging in a non-criminal “community caretaking” function allows  them to search a person’s home without a warrant. The American Civil Liberties Union of  Rhode Island had filed a “friend of the court” brief[Read More…]

by May 17, 2021

Rhode Island Judge Refuses To Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Archaic State Law That Deems Inmates Serving Life Sentences “Civilly Dead”

A federal judge today refused to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a 100-year-old statute that declares inmates serving life sentences at the ACI to be “dead in all respects” with respect to “all civil rights.” The lawsuit, filed two years ago by ACLU of Rhode Island cooperating attorneys[Read More…]

by March 29, 2021