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ACLU Sues Third RI Municipality Over Unlawful Gun Seizure by Law Enforcement

Posted: Aug 16, 2017 |Category: Active Case Due Process Police Practices

The ACLU of Rhode Island today filed a federal lawsuit against the Town of Bristol over the police department’s refusal to return to its owners a firearm that the agency seized more than a year ago.

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Judge Dismisses Charges Against Narragansett Residents Under Unconstitutional Housing Ordinance

Posted: Aug 16, 2017 |Category: Due Process Free Speech Students' Rights

The ACLU of Rhode Island today announced the dismissal of charges against a group of Narragansett residents, landlords and businesses for violating a Town ordinance that bars more than four unrelated people from living together.  In a 23-page decision issued yesterday, Municipal Court Judge John DeCubellis, Jr. agreed that the ordinance violated plaintiffs’ due process and equal protection rights – as argued earlier this year by ACLU of RI cooperating attorney H. Jefferson Melish in a brief seeking dismissal of the charges.

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ACLU Settles Lawsuit on Behalf of U.S. Citizen Unlawfully Detained at ACI as a Deportable “Alien”

Posted: Aug 08, 2017 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Immigration Police Practices

In a case that led to a groundbreaking court decision limiting the power of immigration officials, the ACLU today announced the settlement of a lawsuit it filed in 2012 on behalf of Providence resident and United States citizen Ada Morales, who was twice unlawfully held at the ACI because Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials erroneously deemed her to be a deportable “alien.”

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ACLU Sues Pawtucket Police Over Failure to Turn Over Reports of Alleged Police Misconduct

Posted: Aug 08, 2017 |Category: Active Case Open Government Police Practices

In a case with important ramifications for the public’s ability to monitor police misbehavior, the ACLU of Rhode Island sued the Pawtucket Police Department today for failing to release certain reports of alleged police officer misconduct generated by its Internal Affairs Division (IAD). The suit argues that this refusal to release the records is in clear violation of the state’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA).

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Judge Issues Restraining Order Against Cranston Anti-Panhandling Ordinance

Posted: Aug 03, 2017 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Poor Free Speech Right to Petition & Protest

In an important preliminary victory for First Amendment rights, U.S. District Court Chief Judge William Smith this morning issued a temporary restraining order against enforcement of the City of Cranston’s anti-panhandling ordinance.

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ACLU Urges Newport and Providence Police Chiefs to Adopt Stricter Policies for Police Body Cameras

Posted: Jul 26, 2017 |Category: Due Process Fair Administration of Justice Open Government Police Practices

On the heels of the tragic police shooting and subsequent death of an innocent woman in Minneapolis, the ACLU of RI has sent letters to the police chiefs of both Newport and Providence urging them to revise and strengthen their existing body camera policies so that they promote full transparency in policing.

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Juvenile Detention Center Fulfills Settlement with ACLU; Landmark Case Closed

Posted: Jul 25, 2017 |Category: Due Process Fair Administration of Justice Youth Rights

The American Civil Liberties Union announced today that a landmark Rhode Island civil rights case over the rights of incarcerated youth has come to a close.

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