Darsean Kelly Knew His Rights. He Got Tased Anyway.

Police in Aurora, Colorado, got a call about a man pulling a gun on a kid. They had no description of the suspect. On their way to the scene, they stopped two Black men walking down the sidewalk. Darsean Kelley, … Continue reading

Protect Freedom on the 16th Street Mall

This column was originally published on 7/29/16 in the Denver Business Journal. In any discussion of improving perceptions of the 16th Street Mall, it is essential to remember that the Mall is a public space, and therefore must be open … Continue reading

Which Way Did Colorado Legislators Vote on Civil Liberties in 2016?

As we do after every legislative session, we prepared a legislative scorecard so you, our members and supporters, can see where each legislator stands on civil liberties issues. View the 2016 ACLU of Colorado Legislative Scorecard. This year, we picked … Continue reading

Boulder’s Reputation Tainted by Aggressive Enforcement of Anti-Homeless Camping Ban

This commentary from ACLU of Colorado speaker and volunteer Darren O’Connor first appeared in the Boulder Weekly on June 9, 2016. The beauty of Boulder, nestled in the Foothills and dominated by the Flatirons, is a metro area gem that … Continue reading

2016: A Good Year (and Far Better than Expected) for Civil Liberties in the Colorado Legislature

The 120-day Colorado legislative session ended last Wednesday night, May 11. Much has been made about the failure of bipartisanship and many have referred to this year’s session as “anti-climatic” and a “house divided.” For the issues that received much … Continue reading

Fact Sheet: HB 1309 – A Bill to Safeguard the Right to Counsel in Municipal Court

JAILED DEFENDANTS TOO POOR TO BOND OUT REQUIRE COUNSEL AT FIRST APPEARANCE The U.S. Supreme Court has held the first appearance in court is a “critical stage” where the defendant’s right to counsel attaches. A defendant’s first appearance involves much … Continue reading

Fact Sheet: HB 1328 – A Bill to Protect Colorado’s Children from Solitary Confinement

Since 1999, Colorado law has prohibited the seclusion of children as punishment. Children may only be secluded during an ongoing emergency, when a child is in immediate danger of harming self or others. In June 2014, the Colorado Department of … Continue reading

Fact sheet: HB 1311 – A Bill to End Debtors’ Prisons in Colorado

Municipal Courts Use Legal “Loopholes” to Keep Debtors’ Prisons Alive and Well Municipal courts create debtors’ prisons by using jail or the threat of jail to collect debts from the poor. In 2014, the legislature passed HB-1061 with near-unanimous bipartisan … Continue reading

Move Along to Where? Sweeps Illustrate Inhumane Treatment of Homeless and Vulnerable in Colorado

Denver’s recent “sweeps” of people experiencing homelessness are a sad reminder of how inhumanely many Colorado cities treat those among us who already face challenging circumstances. The criminalization of homelessness never rests, and people who are homeless almost never get … Continue reading

Michael Marshall’s Death at the Denver Jail Ruled a Homicide. Why Was He There in the First Place?

(Also posted on the Huffington Post at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-woodliffstanley-/michael-marshalls-death-a_b_8940498.html) Michael Marshall died last November at the Denver jail from injuries he received under the custody of Denver Sheriff deputies. Earlier today, his death was ruled a homicide by the City coroner’s … Continue reading