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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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Statement in Response to Governor’s Signing of “Medicine Cabinet” Bill

Posted: Jul 20, 2017 |Category: Privacy The "War on Drugs"

The ACLU is deeply disappointed in the Governor’s decision to sign the so-called 'medicine cabinet' bill, giving law enforcement officials the ability to obtain without a warrant Rhode Islanders’ private prescription drug information from a Department of Health database.

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ACLU Again Sues Cranston Over Anti-Panhandling Ordinance

Posted: Jul 18, 2017 |Category: Active Case Civil Rights Discrimination Rights of the Poor Free Speech

The ACLU of Rhode Island today sued the City of Cranston over its latest anti-panhandling ordinance.  The suit, filed in federal court by ACLU of RI volunteer attorney Lynette Labinger, argues that the ordinance, enacted earlier this year by a 5-4 vote of the City Council, violates the First Amendment right of individuals to solicit donations and distribute literature on Cranston roadways.

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Organizations Ask Governor to Veto Bill Allowing Law Enforcement Access to PDMP Without Warrant

Posted: Jul 17, 2017 |Category: Privacy The "War on Drugs"

The ACLU of RI and twenty other organizations have sent a letter to Governor Gina Raimondo asking her to veto a law that would allow law enforcement access to confidential healthcare information without a warrant. Specifically, the law would grant some state and federal law enforcement agents access to the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), which contains information on every prescription for a controlled substance dispensed by RI pharmacies, including cough syrup, common painkillers, and various other routinely prescribed medications.

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