Colorado Rights Blog


  • 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

  • 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.

Transparency 101: Your rights to information & open meetings in school districts

When: Monday, September 29 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)

Where: Jeffco Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall 2, 15200 W 6th Ave, Golden

The event is free, but please RSVP by September 25 at

Transparency is more than a buzzword in some Colorado school districts. It’s a problem, according to many parents and educators.

As political battles rage in certain districts, some board members have been accused of conducting the public’s business in secret. Meanwhile, many constituents complain that their concerns aren’t being heard.

Statewide, there are calls for more transparency in how education dollars are spent and more accuracy in the reporting of incidents of school violence. In November, Colorado voters will be asked to open school district labor negotiations to public scrutiny.

To help you navigate these issues and others, the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition and Chalkbeat Colorado are teaming up to present a panel discussion Monday evening, Sept. 29: “Transparency 101: How to exercise your rights to information and open meetings in your school district.” Learn more about how Colorado’s Open Records Act and Open Meetings Law can help you better understand how education policies are made and implemented.

The panel will feature Chalkbeat education reporter Nic Garcia, Evergreen Newspapers Editor Doug Bell, First Amendment attorney Ashley Kissinger and former Denver school board member Theresa Peña. Nelson Garcia, education reporter for 9NEWS, will moderate the discussion.

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