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New Report Reveals Ongoing Police Brutality and Abuse in Puerto Rico

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:49pm
A preliminary report released today by the ACLU's Human Rights Program shows a pattern of ongoing police brutality in Puerto Rico. We released this report in advance of President Obama's scheduled visit to the U.S. territory tomorrow.

President Obama: Address Police Brutality in Puerto Rico

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:02pm

Next Tuesday, President Obama will visit Puerto Rico.

We hope that during his time there, he'll address the ongoing First Amendment and human rights violations that the ACLU has been investigating and documenting since 2004. Over the last…

Gov. Bentley: Veto Racial Profiling Law, or We'll Sue

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:47pm

Last night, the Alabama legislature passed a racial profiling law inspired by—you have one guess—Arizona's S.B. 1070. We just filed a lawsuit challenging Georgia's S.B. 1070 copycat yesterday. We've also challenged similar bills in Utah…

ACLU Lens: Arizona Governor Challenges Her Own State's Medical Marijuana Law

ACLU Lens: Arizona Governor Challenges Her Own State's Medical Marijuana Law

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 8:56pm

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer can't decide if she likes federal laws, or doesn't.

When it comes to immigration, she doesn't. Finding federal immigration enforcement lacking, she signed into law last year S.B. 1070, legislation that requires police…

Listen to Sen. McCain: Torture Doesn't Work

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:18pm

Lots of people-including us-talk about torture. But few only people who have actually been tortured can speak authoritatively and publicly about exactly how it dehumanizes both victim and torturer — and why it doesn't work. Sen. John McCain,…

Puerto Rico Delegation Finds Police Abuse Against Students, Protestors

Puerto Rico Delegation Finds Police Abuse Against Students, Protestors

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:00pm

An advisory council including actor Benicio del Toro, former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey, and filmmaker Kerry Kennedy, will follow up on the delegation's findings and recommendations. We'll release a final report on the findings at the end of the summer.

Anti-Abortion Group Sued Over Controversial Billboard

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:45pm

The New York Daily News reported last night that Tricia Fraser, the mother of the young girl depicted in an anti-abortion billboard, has sued the organization behind the ad. The billboard shows Fraser's daughter Annisa in a pink dress and a bow…

Our Own Chris Hampton on the Savage Lovecast!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:14pm

Our LGBT Project is so busy, sometimes it's hard for even us to keep up with all the progress they're making. In fact, just today, we got a big win in Arkansas, when the state supreme court struck down Act 1, a law that prohibited unmarried couples…

VICTORY! Arkansas Supreme Court Upholds Ruling Striking Down Law Prohibiting Adoption by Unmarried Couples

VICTORY! Arkansas Supreme Court Upholds Ruling Striking Down Law Prohibiting Adoption by Unmarried Couples

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 10:49am

"This law was an assault on Arkansas' most vulnerable children and arbitrarily denied them the opportunity to be placed into good and loving homes," said Christine P. Sun, senior counsel with the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project.

Supreme Court Clears Hurdle to DNA Test for Condemned Inmate

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:03pm

Yesterday, the Supreme Court found that Texas death row inmate Hank Skinner has the right to pursue testing of DNA evidence that could prove his innocence. Among the outstanding items that still have not been DNA tested: at least three possible…

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