James Fisher spoke at the ACLU of Colorado Bill of Rights Dinner about how he and the ACLU are working together to stop the criminalization of poverty for the thousands of Coloradans who are trapped in debtors’ prisons.
Our membership has quadrupled in the last six months, making it possible to do more than ever to protect civil rights and civil liberties in Colorado. Thank you to all our new members, supporters, and donors, and the ones who’ve been with us for years.
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.
Category Archives: Privacy & Technology
ACLU Seeks Info into Denver Police Use of Social Media Surveillance
Denver’s Spy Files Past Raises Serious Concerns about “Geofeedia” Acquisition DENVER – Citing concerns that the Denver Police Department may once again be monitoring the free speech activities of individuals and groups that are not suspected of criminal activity, a practice Denver publicly agreed to stop in 2003, the ACLU of Colorado filed a records request this morning seeking information related to the Department’s acquisition and use of Geofeedia and other social media surveillance.... | Read More
ACLU of Colorado to Honor Senator Mark Udall and Nita Gonzales as 2015 Civil Rights Award Recipients
DENVER – The ACLU of Colorado is pleased to announce that Senator Mark Udall and civil rights activist Nita Gonzales have been selected to receive our 2015 Civil Rights Awards, which will be presented at the annual Carle Whitehead Bill of Rights Dinner on Thursday, October 8th at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver. Senator Udall will receive the Carle Whitehead Memorial Award in recognition of his accomplishments as a legislator in advancing and defending civil rights and civil liberties. Nita.... | Read More
ACLU statement on the Colorado Supreme Court decision regarding legal off-duty use of medical marijuana
June 16, 2015 “An employer has a legitimate interest in ensuring that employees are not impaired while on the job. But an employer has no legitimate interest in worker’s off-the-job conduct that does not interfere with on-the-job performance. When there is no impact on doing the job, a worker’s off-duty use of medical marijuana is none of the employer’s business and should not be grounds for termination. We regret that the Colorado Supreme Court has upheld the firing of Mr..... | Read More
U.S. Senate passes USA Freedom Act
June 2, 2015 WASHINGTON — The Senate passed the USA Freedom Act today, a bill to amend the Patriot Act’s Section 215 and other surveillance authorities. Jameel Jaffer, American Civil liberties Union deputy legal director, had this reaction: “The passage of the USA Freedom Act is a milestone. This is the most important surveillance reform bill since 1978, and its passage is an indication that Americans are no longer willing to give the intelligence agencies a blank check..... | Read More
Defendant Monitored by NSA Files First-of-Its-Kind Legal Challenge
In the first filing of its kind, a criminal defendant who was notified that his communications were monitored under the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 today challenged the law’s constitutionality and the admissibility of evidence obtained under it. The defendant, Jamshid Muhtorov, is represented in the motion by the Federal Public Defender’s Office, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Colorado. The motion argues that the FISA Amendments Act violates the Fourth Amendment because.... | Read More
Statement on new marijuana rules passed by Denver City Council
Statement of ACLU of Colorado Public Policy Director Denise Maes on new marijuana rules passed last night by the Denver City Council “The ACLU of Colorado is grateful that the Denver City Council ultimately abandoned efforts to recriminalize marijuana possession throughout much of the city and personal use on private property. The Council heard the clear and consistent call from the public to put an end to unnecessary and inefficient over-policing of marijuana. “Thanks to the Council and.... | Read More
ACLU of CO Strongly Opposes Denver’s Proposed Marijuana Rules
October 11, 2013 Statement of ACLU of Colorado Legal Director Mark Silverstein “The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado strongly opposes Denver’s ill-advised, unnecessary, and unconstitutional proposed rules ‘concerning the possession and consumption of marijuana.’ “The ordinance, as proposed, is an irrational overreach that will inevitably result in unnecessary police-community confrontations. Voters made it clear last year that law enforcement time and resources should.... | Read More
Scanners Allow Police to Collect Location Info on Millions of Americans
July 17, 2013 Documents obtained from Colorado police departments show tracking data is kept for years, even indefinitely Denver – Police departments in Colorado and all around the country are rapidly expanding their use of automatic license plate readers to track the location of drivers, but few have meaningful rules in place to protect privacy rights, according to documents released today by the American Civil Liberties Union. As a result, the new documents reveal, many departments are keeping.... | Read More
City of Loveland Settles with ACLU over Detainment and Search
May 9, 2013 DENVER – The ACLU of Colorado today announced a $35,000 settlement with the City of Loveland following the detainment and search of Johnstown resident David Kramer during a minor traffic stop by Loveland police on July 4, 2011. Kramer was held in handcuffs for more than an hour and was subjected, in violation of his Fourth Amendment rights, to a search of his body, his wallet, and his vehicle by Loveland police, who gave no justification other than a claim they smelled marijuana,.... | Read More
State Patrol agrees to $1M payment, major improvements to settle ACLU lawsuit
January 7, 2013 Colorado State Patrol agrees to million-dollar payment, major improvements in officer training to settle ACLU lawsuit in wrongful shooting death of Grand Junction man GRAND JUNCTION – The Colorado ACLU announced today a settlement agreement with the Colorado State Patrol that will resolve a federal court lawsuit filed on behalf of the family of Jason Alan Kemp, who was shot and killed at his Grand Junction home in 2010 when he refused to allow state troopers into his home without.... | Read More
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