Colorado Springs Police Drew Weapons, Used Excessive Force against African American Man Who Misplaced his Car Keys
Matthew Talley was held at gunpoint, handcuffed, searched, and detained, yet CSPD has no written record of the incident 7/14/2015 DENVER – The ACLU of Colorado is calling for an internal affairs investigation into the conduct of Colorado Springs police officers who drew their guns, searched, handcuffed, and detained Matthew Talley, a young African American man who was attempting to “jimmy” the ignition of his car on a busy downtown street in broad daylight after he had misplaced his.... | Read More
State Appeals Court Hears Arguments in Case of Gay Couple Discriminated Against by Bakery
7/7/15 DENVER – The Colorado Court of Appeals heard oral arguments today in a discrimination case brought by a same-sex couple against a cake shop that refused to sell them a cake for their wedding reception. In 2012, Colorado residents David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop to order a wedding cake. Mullins and Craig planned to marry in Massachusetts and then celebrate with family and friends back home. Masterpiece owner Jack Phillips informed the couple that, because.... | Read More
ACLU, Americans United Applaud Colorado Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Voucher Program Funding Religious Schools
June 29, 2015 DENVER - Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado are applauding a decision today by the Colorado Supreme Court striking down a Douglas County school voucher program that had allowed taxpayer dollars to flow directly to religious schools. In a decision announced this morning, Colorado’s highest court ruled that the county’s so-called “Choice Scholarship Pilot Program” violates.... | Read More
The Mall is for All
(This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post website at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-woodliffstanley-/the-mall-is-for-all_b_7852292.html?utm_hp_ref=denver&ir=Denver) A recent article in the Denver Post raised concerns about whether enough people "linger" on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. The role of the shuttles, the types of shops on the mall, and the overall environment of the mall are among factors under consideration. The focus of the article was not primarily.... | Read More
Introducing the ACLU of Colorado 2015 Legislative Scorecard
As we do after every legislative session, we prepared a legislative scorecard so you, our members, can see where each legislator stands on civil liberties issues. But here was the problem this year: because best practices dictate that we score only those bills that were voted on by the entire legislature, the scorecard cannot possibly tell the whole story. There were many bills that the ACLU championed that moved in one chamber but could not survive the political landmine of the split chamber.... | Read More
ACLU of Colorado mourns the passing of Don Bounds
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing this morning of a close member of the ACLU of Colorado family, Don Bounds. Don was deeply involved with the ACLU of Colorado for decades as a former Board member, member of the Legal Panel, long time generous supporter, and dedicated volunteer. We express our deepest condolences to his wife, Suzanne Greene. Memorial plans have not yet been announced. | Read More
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Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley spoke at the marriage equality rally on March 3rd
Leisel Kemp, whose brother Jason was killed by CSP after they entered his home without a warrant, spoke at the 2013 Bill of Rights Dinner about the ACLU’s legal advocacy on behalf of her family.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind is an original short film from the ACLU of Colorado about a man who has spent 17 years in solitary confinement and now suffers from debilitating mental illness.