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  • On November 21, 2016, 13 Aurora police officers responded to a simple noise complaint at Alberto Torres’s home. As happens all too often, Aurora police officers escalated this minor issue into a brutal affair. They beat Mr. Torres solely because he delayed exiting his garage to ask his wife to interpret for him. With that beating, the lives of Mr. Torres and every member of his family were changed and he has yet to recover. ACLU of Colorado fought to obtain justice for Mr. Torres, and Aurora has now paid him $285,000. But money is not justice, and the brutality of the Aurora Police Department against people of color has continued unabated.

    It doesn’t have to be this way.

    Imagine, if instead of 13 officers being dispatched to Mr. Torres’s home for a noise complaint, the City of Aurora sent a civilian-led response team to check on his welfare and ask that he and his friends lower their sound, resulting in a non-violent solution to a minor issue?

    ACLU Settles Case With Aurora After Police Brutalize and Unlawfully Arrest Alberto Torres

  • Hope is a discipline. It’s a commitment that together, we can create a more perfect union. We won’t rest until we fulfill the promise of equal rights for ALL people in the United States.

    Join us in our fight to fulfill this promise and move forward with hope by donating to the ACLU of Colorado. Your donation supports the ACLU’s strengths that make our work effective and collaborative.

    Donate now at https://action.aclu.org/give/support-aclu-colorado

  • Anthony Martinez is 84-years-old and suffering from renal failure, as well as other serious medical conditions including dementia. He is currently incarcerated in the Sterling Correctional Facility, site of one of Colorado’s largest COVID-19 outbreaks with almost 600 active COVID-19 cases. He and his family are understandably terrified that he will catch the virus and die.

    In the midst of this public health crisis, incarcerated people as vulnerable as Anthony, could and should be immediately released to safely live out their remaining years with family.

    Read more about Anthony Martinez and other at-risk incarcerated people. 

  • Ronald Johnson is pre-diabetic, suffers from asthma and high blood pressure, and regularly uses an inhaler to breathe. His age and respiratory ailments put him at risk of serious illness and death if he contracts COVID-19. With over hundreds of active cases in Colorado’s prisons, his family fears he will not make it out alive. His daughter, Amber, says, “In prison, he can’t protect himself and he can’t social distance. My deep fear is that my dad will die in prison. That is an awful, traumatic reality to consider. My chest is tight just thinking about how quickly it spreads and how vulnerable he is.”

    Governor Hickenlooper shortened his sentence following testimony from family, friends and correctional officers advocating for his early release. Yet, he is still eight years away from parole. While he remains in prison, COVID-19 continues to spread. Ronald’s three siblings, four children and four grandchildren are desperate for his release.

    Read more about Ronald Johnson and other at-risk incarcerated people.

ADVISORY: Community Leaders and Advocates to Respond to Several Colorado Sheriffs’ Decisions to No Longer Honor Federal Immigration Detainers

ACLU will announce additional counties that will reject ICE requests to detain residents without criminal warrants or legal justification

April 30, 2014

DENVER – Several counties around the state have announced over the last 48 hours that they will stop honoring immigration detainers from federal authorities that request that a person be held in jail for 48 hours or longer after they would otherwise be released.

Yesterday, the ACLU of Colorado sent letters to every sheriff in the state calling into question the legal authority under Colorado state law to detain people at the behest of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Sheriffs from around the state have responded by announcing that they will no longer honor the holds.

This afternoon, at a press conference at the offices of the ACLU of Colorado, we will announce additional counties that have agreed to stop detaining people past their release date, and immigration advocates and community leaders will weigh in on the recent developments, giving perspective on the community impact of these decisions.

Who:
Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez
Julie Gonzalez, Colorado Latino Forum
Brendan Greene, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
Alexis Menocal Harrigan, Intercambio Denver
Violeta Chapin, University of Colorado Law School
Mark Silverstein, American Civil Liberties Union
Hans Meyer, Immigration Attorney

Where:
ACLU of Colorado
303 E. 17th Ave. Suite 350
Denver, CO 80203

When:
1:00 pm MT

Contact:
John Krieger, ACLU of Colorado Communications Director
(720) 402-3111
jkrieger@aclu-co.org

Read the ACLU letter to Colorado Sheriffs here: http://static.aclu-co.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/2014-04-21-Wilson-Silverstein.pdf



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