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?
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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.
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.
ACLU CALLS FOR OPENNESS ABOUT COLUMBUS DAY COMPACT
ACLU Calls for Openness about Columbus Day Compact FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 29, 2000 The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado (ACLU) calls for the full details of the Columbus Day parade agreement to be made public. In the midst of warring factions' accusations regarding civil liberties, it is imperative that Government release all relevant information. Access to information will shed light on the nature of the alleged agreement between the Columbus day parade organizers,.... | Read More
ACLU ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT OF CIVIL RIGHTS SUIT AGAINST DENVER POLICE DEPTARTMENT
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BOULDER ACLU OPPOSES MORE SCHOOL CAMERAS
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IMMIGRANTS UNJUSTIFIABLY DENIED MARRIAGE LICENSES, ACLU CHARGES
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PUBLIC SAFETY REVIEW COMMISSION RECOMMENDS NEW POLICE PROCEDURES TO PREVENT “WHOLESALE VIOLATIONS OF CITIZENS’ CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS”
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ACLU SUES TO CHALLENGE TEN COMMANDMENTS AT GRAND JUNCTION CITY HALL
ACLU Sues to Challenge Ten Commandments at Grand Junction City Hall FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 16, 2001 In a lawsuit filed today in federal district court in Denver, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Colorado (ACLU) charged that the City of Grand Junction unconstitutionally promotes religion by displaying a granite Ten Commandments monument in a prominent location at the entrance to City Hall. "The Constitution requires that the government remain neutral toward religious.... | Read More