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Discipline possible for ex-cop’s actions in Ferguson
A former St. Louis-area cop might be disciplined for pointing a semi-automatic rifle at Ferguson, Missouri, protesters       
-1 points by The Detroit News | Police Protest St. Louis Missouri Rifle Civil liberties Gun Profanity Constable
Commission says religious liberty should not top civil rights
“Religious exemptions to the protections of civil rights based upon classifications such as race, color, national origin, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity, when they are permissible, significantly infringe upon these civil rights.”
1385 points by The Washington Post | Christianity Human rights Freedom of religion Law International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Religion Civil liberties State religion
New Hampshire transgender coalition pushes for protections
A new coalition launched Wednesday with a goal of securing equal rights for New Hampshire’s transgender residents. Freedom New Hampshire is working with partners in local law enforcement, business, education, the American Civil Liberties Union, PFLAG-NH and Transgender New Hampshire to build grassro...
317 points by Concord Monitor | Transgender Gender New England Civil liberties Woman Gender role New Hampshire Massachusetts
Taking a sit: Teacher punished after forcing student to stand for Pledge of Allegiance
A high school teacher has been suspended after trying to physically force a 15-year-old student to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. The teen had been harassed by staff for his decision to sit, despite being protected under the First Amendment. Read Full Article at RT.com
875 points by Russia Today | The Star-Spangled Banner San Francisco 49ers Denver Nuggets Dwight D. Eisenhower Seattle Seahawks Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Denver Broncos Civil liberties
ACLU sues Kansas City school district after young child handcuffed, reports say
The 7-year-old boy was taken to the principal's office in handcuffs, the lawsuit says. KANSAS CITY, Missouri -- The city's school district is being sued for a 2014 incident in which a 7-year-old student was handcuffed by a resource officer after crying and disrupting a teacher's class, reports say. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in federal court in Kansas City on behalf of the student, the Kansas City Star reports. The incident reportedly occurred in April 2014 at George Melcher Elementary School. The Associated Press reports the boy was told to change seats but refused because it would place him near a student who had bullied him in the past. The boy, who reportedly has a hearing impediment, began "crying and hollering," attracting the attention of school resource officer Brandon Craddock. The Star reports the lawsuit says the boy began to quiet down when Craddock entered the room. Craddock twice asked the boy to step outside into the hallway. The lawsuit states the boy became "frightened" when he went into the hallway and again began crying while trying to walk away from Craddock. According to the lawsuit, "Instead of stopping or employing any de-escalation techniques, Defendant Craddock twisted (the boy's) arms and handcuffed ... his arms behind his back, and then led him to the front office in handcuffs."  The boy was less than 4 feet tall and weighed less than 50 pounds at the time of the incident, the lawsuit says. He reportedly sat in the office handcuffed for as long as 15 minutes. The school district, Craddock and Principal Anne Wallace have been named as defendants in the lawsuit. It seeks an unspecified amount for damages and lawyers' fees. The boy's mother removed him from the school and home-schooled him for two years, reports say. The boy, now 9, returned to public schools this year.
30 points by The Plain Dealer | Civil liberties Plaintiff Kansas Kansas City Missouri High school Education
Cuomo says record of cop who choked Garner should be released
Gov. Cuomo isn’t buying Mayor de Blasio's excuse for not releasing the disciplinary records on the cop who choked Eric Garner.
576 points by Daily News | Civil liberties State Law Police Ed Koch Political philosophy Appeal The Cop
State ACLU requests hearing over denial of vanity plate
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a request for a hearing to contest the Oklahoma Tax Commission's denial of a personalized license plate with a reference to being a communist. The Motor Vehicle Division of the commission denied ACLU of Oklahoma ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Political philosophy Civil liberties Politics American Civil Liberties Union Race Vehicle registration plate Communism Religion
ACLU suing Kansas City Public Schools for handcuffing boy
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Kansas City Public Schools on behalf of a young child whose hands were cuffed behind his back two years ago when he was a 7-year-old second-grader. The lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City claims ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Civil liberties Teacher Pain Kansas High school School Missouri American Civil War
Drug suspect must pay $175 to get back $171 seized by police
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A man who was arrested on drug charges with $171 in his pocket has been told he'll have to pay a $175 filing fee to try to get the money back.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Civil liberties Criminal law Lawyer Prosecutor Jury trial Judge Jury Law
Arkansas city denies claims in lawsuit over hot check court
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A central Arkansas city and judge are denying a lawsuit's claims that they're effectively operating a debtors' prison with a court that has imposed hefty fines and jail time on thousands of people whose checks…
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Civil liberties Judge Debt Finance Lawyer Arkansas Law U.S. state
Man told to pay $175 to get back $171 seized by police
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A man who had $171 on him when he was arrested on drug charges earlier this year has been told he'd have to pay $175 filing fee to try to get the money back. NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/2c1lNog ) the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office included Jermaine Mitchell ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | New Jersey Civil liberties English-language films American Civil Liberties Union Hudson County New Jersey Judge Criminal law New York metropolitan area
Airbnb apologizes for racism complaints
Airbnb apologized for its slow response to accusations of racism and outlined new policies to combat the problem        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Discrimination Eric Holder Racism Copyright Civil liberties All rights reserved Renting Policy
Airbnb apologizes for racism complaints, outlines changes
Airbnb on Thursday apologized for its slow response to accusations of racism and outlined new policies to combat the problem, including reducing the prominence of photos in the booking process.
15 points by The Denver Post | Discrimination Eric Holder Civil liberties Racism Renting Policy Holiday Racial discrimination
Airbnb Adopts Rules in Effort to Fight Discrimination by Its Hosts
The short-term rental company has been facing criticism that some hosts reject renters based on race, religion, gender, ethnicity, age or disability.
11 points by The New York Times | Discrimination Civil liberties Gender Human rights Eric Holder Racism Adultism Heteronormativity
Airbnb makes changes to halt racist, discriminatory practices
The company is responding to complaints that crystallized in the #Airbnbwhileblack hashtag.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Discrimination Civil liberties Civil and political rights Human rights Racism Adultism Affirmative action Gender
Commissioner Davis avoids answering questions on secret surveillance program
Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis declined on Tuesday to say why he never disclosed an aerial surveillance program used by his department to capture hundreds of hours of footage of wide swaths of the city in recent months. Davis said the "purpose of the press conference" where he was asked...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Surveillance Elijah Cummings The Wire London Civil liberties Law enforcement
ACLU suggests alternative to police responding to minor calls
When neighbors fume at each other and call 911, police in Pennsauken Township respond. When someone makes a noise complaint, officers respond. If residents call about a suspicious person - or even a possum in their backyard - officers respond.
1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Civil liberties American Civil Liberties Union Camden County New Jersey
Cops involved in Eric Garner's death shouldn’t hide behind law
It’s been two years and New Yorkers still don’t know whether the officers involved in Eric Garner’s death will be disciplined.
111 points by Daily News | Law Police Criminal justice Rights Human rights Indictment Crime Civil liberties
De Blasio ripped for withholding chokehold cop's record
Mayor de Blasio’s excuses for withholding info on the disciplinary record of the cop who used a chokehold on Eric Garner don’t make sense.
215 points by Daily News | Judge Law Jury Supreme Court of the United States Lawyer Civil liberties Mayors Appeal
California limits video-only visits for county jail inmates
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California regulators are pushing back against what had been a growing movement to end in-person visits in county jails. The Board of State and Community Corrections voted Thursday to require that future jails include space for face-to-face visits. The board says five of the state's 58 ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Democracy United States California Prison Civil liberties Police Government Regulation
Rick Bayless to close restaurants for a day to support immigrants
Chef/restaurateur Rick Bayless announced on Facebook today that he is closing four of his Chicago restaurants on Thursday as a show of solidarity for immigrants’ rights. Closed for the day will be Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Xoco and Fonda Frontera. Organizers across the country of “A Day Without Immigrants” are urging immigrants to stay home from […]
5546 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Immigration Rick Bayless Australia Civil liberties Immigration to the United States Frontera Grill France Population
'The Wire' creator David Simon hosts local fundraiser, protest against Trump immigration order
Monday night, the Beth Am Synagogue's pews were filled with about 900 Baltimore residents and notables, including city health commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, activist and educator DeRay Mckesson and author Taylor Branch, who gathered to support “The Wire” creator David Simon’s fundraising protest against...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Immigration Family Steve Earle Civil liberties Immigration to the United States France Refugee The June Brides
ACLU is seeing a Trump-era surge in members and donations
NEW YORK (AP) — The nearly century-old American Civil Liberties Union says it is suddenly awash in donations and new members as it does battle with President Donald Trump over the extent of his constitutional authority, with nearly $80 million…
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | United States Constitution Appeal United States Civil liberties Donald Trump Ivana Trump Fred Trump American Civil Liberties Union
What to do if immigration officers come knocking at your door
The American Civil Liberties Union advises not opening your door unless the agents can show a warrant signed by a judge.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Immigration U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Immigration to the United States Civil liberties European Union Passport American Civil Liberties Union Spain
Imagine Dragons, Macklemore, Skrillex lead ACLU concert
NEW YORK (AP) — Outrage over President Donald Trump's travel ban has prompted a spring fundraising concert for the American Civil Liberties Union that will feature a diverse lineup, including Macklemore, Imagine Dragons, Incubus, Miguel and Skrillex.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Civil liberties Donald Trump American Civil War President of the United States Ivana Trump Fred Trump
Colorado’s use of juvenile restraint device needs review
When juveniles are out of control in Colorado's youth corrections facilities, state employees sometimes use a device called "the wrap." But is it being used appropriately?
12 points by The Denver Post | Violence Crime American Civil Liberties Union Civil liberties State The Juvenile Solitary confinement Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Suspect’s pacemaker data key in Ohio arson case
Police say accused’s statements clashed with evidence, which includes data measuring heart rhythms before and after fire        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Cardiology All rights reserved Copyright Insurance fraud Cardiac pacemaker Civil liberties Artificial pacemaker Police
The Latest: ACLU wants feds to name all detained or rejected
SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on the travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump (all times local):2:45 p.m.Civil rights groups have asked a New York judge to force the government to name anyone detained or rejected from U.S. entry after President Donald Trump signed the travel and refugee ban.Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups also asked the federal judge to require the government to return to the United States anyone who was removed because of Trump's order.
-2 points by Boston Herald | United States Appeal President of the United States Federal government of the United States Donald Trump Civil liberties Judge Law
Landfill owner drops speech suit against Alabama residents
UNIONTOWN, Ala. (AP) - The owner of a landfill in a small Alabama city has dropped a defamation lawsuit filed against residents who used social media to voice their opposition to the disposing of coal ash at the site. The American Civil Liberties Union, which defended the landfill opponents in ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Civil liberties First Amendment to the United States Constitution American Civil Liberties Union Defamation American Civil War New York Times Co. v. Sullivan Human rights Appeal
Ride-hailing service Lyft expands north to Milwaukee, west to Elgin
Trying to compete with ride-hailing giant Uber in the Chicago area, Lyft launched a major expansion Monday, growing its service area in the northern suburbs to Milwaukee and west to Elgin. "The main reason is we saw a lot of dropoffs in those areas, but people couldn't get picked up in those areas,"...
93 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Chicago metropolitan area Illinois Joliet Illinois New York City Civil liberties Kendall County Illinois Will County Illinois
Google must comply with FBI data request to hand over overseas emails – US judge
An American judge has ruled that Google must provide emails stored overseas to US authorities for domestic investigation, despite an earlier decision finding no such obligation for Microsoft. Read Full Article at RT.com
609 points by Russia Today | Federal Bureau of Investigation Law United States Appeal Judge Civil liberties Court Privacy
Trump lashes out a judge over travel ban ruling
The ruling set in motion another weekend of confusion and chaos around the country        
-2 points by The Detroit News | President of the United States Donald Trump White House Press Secretary Federal government of the United States United States Civil liberties President United States magistrate judge
Trump lashes out at 'ridiculous' travel ban ruling by 'so-called judge' on Twitter
President Donald Trump lashed out Saturday at "this so-called judge" who put a nationwide hold on his executive order denying entry to the U.S. to refugees and people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The ruling set in motion another weekend of confusion and chaos around the country. The...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | President of the United States Federal government of the United States Donald Trump White House Press Secretary United States Law Civil liberties President
Reports: Federal judge in Seattle blocks Trump's travel ban
U.S. District Judge James Robart of Seattle issued a nationwide restraining order blocking the travel ban.       
37842 points by USA Today | President of the United States United States American Civil War Civil liberties American Civil Liberties Union Franklin D. Roosevelt United States district court President
Report: Federal judge in Seattle blocks Trump's travel ban
U.S. District Judge James Robart of Seattle on Friday issued a nationwide restraining order blocking the travel ban put in place by Presiden...       
-2 points by USA Today | President of the United States United States American Civil War Civil liberties American Civil Liberties Union Franklin D. Roosevelt United States district court President
Report: Federal judge refuses to block Trump immigration ban
U.S.       
1 points by USA Today | United States President of the United States American Civil War Massachusetts Civil liberties Franklin D. Roosevelt Liberal democracy
Federal judge refuses to extend stay on Trump’s travel ban
BOSTON — A federal judge in Boston has refused to extend a temporary injunction against President Donald Trump’s travel ban. U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton late Friday declined to renew an order prohibiting the detention or removal of persons as part of Trump’s executive order on refugees and immigrants. That means a seven-day, temporary injunction...
166 points by New York Post | President of the United States Civil liberties United States American Civil War Human rights Lawsuit Federal government of the United States Appeal
Reddit bans alt-right discussion forums
Reddit has banned three controversial forums for white nationalists from its open platform website because users violated terms of services regarding harassment. Users of the site that dubs itself the “front page of the internet” who try to load three subreddits – r/altright, r/alternativeright and r/rightfriends – receive notices that the communities have been closed....
576 points by New York Post | Immigration Immigration to the United States Entrepreneurship Nationalism President of the United States Civil liberties Ban Reddit
Attorney: 100K visas revoked since Trump travel ban took effect
U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema has indicated a willingness to consider cases involving anyone who had been issued a visa and had it revoked.
215 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Law President of the United States Injunction Federal government of the United States United States district court Civil liberties Leonie Brinkema Human rights
Trump actions spur donations into ACLU, Planned Parenthood
Those concerned about losing freedoms under the Trump administration are donating in record numbers to causes.        
61 points by Detroit Free Press | American Civil Liberties Union Health care President of the United States Human rights Civil liberties Vice president Rights Federal government of the United States
Judge to hear bid to extend order against Trump travel ban
BOSTON (AP) - A federal judge in Boston is set to hear arguments on a request to extend a temporary injunction against President Donald Trump's travel ban. A seven-day restraining order was granted Sunday in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two state university ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Injunction United States Lawsuit Civil liberties Restraining order American Civil War Appeal Human rights
Trump tapping Sessions as AG outrages marijuana reform community
Sessions has throughout his 19 years in the Senate been a staunch opponent to any type of drug reform.
712 points by Daily News | Prohibition Drug addiction Cannabis Recreational drug use United States Legality of cannabis by country Psychoactive drug Civil liberties
Rev. Jesse Jackson: Sessions is threatening to civil rights
The nomination of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, a man once deemed too racially insensitive to be a federal judge, as attorney general of the United States is hurtful and threatening to the cause of civil and human rights. In light of President-elect Donald Trump's campaign promises of mass deportations...
17 points by Chicago Tribune | United States Martin Luther King Jr. Jesse Jackson Voting Rights Act Civil liberties Human rights Democracy Federal Bureau of Investigation
The Jeff Sessions battle ahead
Within an hour of the announcement that Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., would be the president-elect's pick for attorney general, Democratic groups were fully mobilized. From an immigrants rights group: "Sen. Sessions' nomination to attorney general is more evidence to why the Trump agenda must be...
33 points by Chicago Tribune | United States Senate Ku Klux Klan Democratic Party United States President of the United States Human rights Civil liberties Advice and consent
Delay granted in Arkansas hot-check case
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge has agreed to delay evidence gathering efforts in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Sherwood's hot-check court. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2fDrKdt ) reports the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law filed ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Law Lawyer Civil liberties Little Rock Arkansas Judge Arkansas Sherwood Arkansas Prosecutor
Nonprofits opposed to Trump’s ideology see a surge in donations
On Saturday, Steve Mendelsohn received an unexpected phone call.
4 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Planned Parenthood American Civil Liberties Union Civil liberties Human rights The Trevor Project Pro-choice Abortion NARAL Pro-Choice America
Wash. legislator wants to criminalize anti-Trump protests
NEW YORK - A Washington state lawmaker wants to criminalize the protests that have sprung up around the country against the election of Dona...       
2672 points by USA Today | Protest Civil disobedience Montgomery Bus Boycott Nonviolent resistance Civil liberties Martin Luther King Jr. High school Rosa Parks
After Muslim backlash, lawmaker drops mask law change
Groups condemned the proposal as a veiled attempt to ban Muslim women from wearing religious headgear       
-2 points by The Detroit News | Ku Klux Klan Mask Civil liberties Georgia Proposal Islam Domestic violence Proposals
The Latest: Lawmaker backs off bill that angered Muslims
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The Latest on a Georgia lawmaker's proposal to update a 1951 state law passed to unmask the Ku Klux Klan (all times local): 6:30 p.m. A Georgia lawmaker says he's backing off a proposal to update a 1951 state law used to unmask the Ku Klux ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Ku Klux Klan Democratic Party Civil liberties Islam American Civil War United States Southern United States Reconstruction era of the United States
Rocky River schools send letter after divisive election, amid incidents across country
Coming off a divisive election, reports of bullying and verbal harassment have popped up at schools around the country. In other cases, schools, including Rocky River, have sent home messages to remind parents of what school policy is before trouble happens. CLEVELAND, Ohio - In the wake of perhaps the most divisive presidential election ever, schools are grappling with how to balance fervent opinions with a demand for civility.  Reports of bullying and verbal harassment have popped up at schools around the country. In other cases, schools have sent letters to remind parents of school policy, before trouble happens.  Rocky River Superintendent Micheal Shoaf addressed concerns in an email to parents, in part because the district had received questions. "After an election filled with emotionally charged, divisive rhetoric, our commitment to our students and our mission is unwavering," Shoaf wrote. "We remain invested in all of our students regardless of ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, and sexual orientation. Similarly, we remain committed to leading age-appropriate, non-biased classroom discussions as 'teachable moments' arise... We will not tolerate acts of bullying, harassment and intimidation, and we are dedicated to addressing any unactable 'teachable moments' in a way that we become stronger in our efforts at diversity affirmation here within our schools."  Cleveland.com contacted Shoaf after seeing a copy of his email letter. The suburban district held mock elections in its schools and talked about the process, with good results and without incident, Shoaf said. "I just wanted to simply say we did what we always do," he said. "It's what we do and it just reiterates what we do."  Other schools have sent similar letters home. There also have been incidents at some schools that have stirred concerns. Among them:   Reports that when Donald Trump's presidential win was announced at a school in York, Pennsylvania, it was met with chants of "white power." White students reportedly referred to other races as their slaves and some spat on those students.  Public schools in Nashville, Tennessee, have offered post-election counseling for students. One third grader was counseled after he was bullied by another student who told him he wouldn't be able to see one of his moms anymore now that Trump was elected.  In Greenville, North Carolina, parents of Hispanic origin complained that their children were bullied at school with taunts that they would be deported now that Trump had been elected.   In Shaker Heights school officials initially gave two students in-school suspensions last week for making public another student's text messages and snapchat posts, some of which were deemed racially insensitive or offensive.  The student also blamed Trump's win on people of color who didn't vote. The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to the school district arguing that the school was wrong to punish the students because they have a right to free speech. Previous coverage: Shaker Heights student feels texts shared online helped spark talks on race after election
47 points by The Plain Dealer | Elections Election Education High school Abuse Teacher Psychological abuse Civil liberties