Colorado Springs Pays $212K to Settle ACLU Racial Profiling Suit

DENVER – The City of Colorado Springs has agreed to pay $212,000 to settle a racial profiling lawsuit brought by the ACLU of Colorado alleging that Ryan and Benjamin Brown were pulled over because of their race, handcuffed, searched, and … Continue reading

ACLU of Colorado Files Lawsuit Demanding Documents on Implementation of Trump Muslim Ban

DENVER — ACLU affiliates in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and Alaska filed a joint Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit today demanding government documents from their regional U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office about the on-the-ground implementation of President … Continue reading

DYC’s Punitive Culture is Hurting Colorado Kids, and Making Kids and Staff Unsafe

Coalition calls for a new approach based on highly-successful Missouri model Denver, CO (3/2/17) – Violence in Colorado’s Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) facilities has risen dramatically in recent years, and the common use of punitive measures, including pain compliance, … Continue reading

Denver’s Park Banishment Program Ruled Unconstitutional

2/22/17 DENVER – A county court judge ruled this morning that Denver’s park exclusion directive is unconstitutional because it denies fundamental rights to due process.  The court dismissed all charges against Troy Holm, an ACLU of Colorado client who faced … Continue reading

ACLU to Fort Collins: Sit-Lie Proposal is Outrageous, Cruel, and Absurd

2/16/17 DENVER – In a letter sent today, the ACLU of Colorado called on the Fort Collins City Council to abandon an “outrageous, cruel, and absurd” proposed ordinance that would make it a crime, punishable by up to 6 months … Continue reading

ACLU of Colorado Demands Release of Immigration Ban Documents

FOIA Filed As Part of Coordinated Campaign with 50 ACLU Affiliates DENVER 2/2/17 — The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request today with its local U.S. Customs and Border Protection office (CBP) … Continue reading

ACLU Statement on Nomination of Neil Gorsuch to U.S. Supreme Court

2/1/2017 CONTACT: Gabriela Melendez, 202-715-0826, gmelendez@aclu.org NEW YORK — American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony D. Romero issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court: “Americans need an independent Supreme … Continue reading

ACLU Calls on Denver to End Unconstitutional Park Banishment Program

1/25/17 DENVER – In a letter sent this morning, the ACLU of Colorado demanded that the Denver Parks Department stop enforcement of an unconstitutional and ineffective temporary directive authorizing police to banish people from city parks, without a hearing, conviction, … Continue reading

Debtors’ Prison Settlement: Aurora Cancels Debt, Withdraws Warrants, and Repays James Fisher for Excessive Payments to Municipal Court

1\23\17 DENVER – The City of Aurora has agreed to cancel hundreds of dollars of debt and reimburse nearly $800 in overpayments that James Fisher made to the Aurora Municipal Court while he attempted to resolve rapidly-ballooning fees that he … Continue reading

ACLU to Denver Police: Stop Taking Blankets from Homeless People

DENVER – The ACLU of Colorado sent a letter to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and the Denver City Council today responding to widely-circulated videos (video1, video2) showing Denver Police taking blankets, tents, and survival gear from people experiencing homelessness as … Continue reading