Report Shows Denver Sheriff Department is Badly Broken and in Need of Deep, Substantial Reform
May 21, 2015 DENVER – Earlier today, an independent assessment team, which had been hired by the City of Denver to review the culture and practices of the Denver Sheriff Department following a string of multi-million dollar settlements and judgments for excessive force, released a comprehensive report with 277 recommendations for reform of the Department. The ACLU of Colorado issued the following statement: “Today’s report from the independent assessment team confirmed that the Denver.... | Read More
ACLU Will Represent Two Colorado Springs Men Victimized by Racially-Biased Policing
May 5, 2015 DENVER – The ACLU of Colorado announced today that it will represent Ryan and Benjamin Brown, two African-American men who were pulled over, removed from their vehicle, handcuffed, searched and detained by Colorado Springs police over an apparent cracked windshield. Benjamin Brown, the driver, was ordered by police to exit the vehicle at taser-point, immediately handcuffed, searched, held in the back of a police car, and finally issued a citation for an obstructed view. Ryan Brown,.... | Read More
ACLU of Colorado Opposes New “Personhood” Bill, SB 268
4/17/2015 DENVER – The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado issued the following statement today on SB 268, the “Personhood” bill introduced in the Colorado State Senate on April 14: “The ACLU of Colorado strongly opposes Senate Bill 268, the latest in a long line of attempts to change Colorado’s laws to establish legal personhood at conception. “Colorado voters and legislators have repeatedly recognized the dangerous consequences of defining a fertilized egg as a person.... | Read More
The death penalty’s false promise
The long awaited Aurora theater shooting trial began this week. This is a death penalty trial and is expected to last four to five months. I was able to attend the opening statements, which can only be described as heart wrenching. They were a preview for what is to come over these months and I believe represent a strong argument against the death penalty. As the prosecution started the day with their opening statement, they described in detail the events that took place in the movie theater.... | Read More
John Carlson: The right to rest
(This guest column originally appeared in the Boulder Daily Camera. It was written by a Boulder County ACLU Chapter Board member.) By John Carlson Homelessness is not a crime. It's a status, the product of poverty. Or mental illness. Or sudden misfortune, like a big medical bill that leads to a foreclosure. It's generally acquired innocently or involuntarily, and sleeping on streets or parks is its inevitable consequence. That's because human beings are biologically compelled to rest, whether.... | Read More
The real death panels: The heavy burden of picking a jury for a death penalty trial
The verdict is in for the Boston marathon bombing trial. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty. Because the prosecution is seeking death, they will now move onto the penalty phase of the trial. Death penalty trials are different than other first degree murder trials. When death is not a sentencing option the jury will come to a verdict and then the judge will hand down a sentence. However, with a death penalty trial the jury then moves into the penalty phase. In this phase it is no longer.... | 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.