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?
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.
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 CHALLENGES COLORADO LAW REQUIRING TEACHERS AND STUDENTS TO RECITE THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ACLU Challenges Colorado Law Requiring Teachers and Students to Recite the Pledge of Allegiance FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug 12, 2003 The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Colorado (ACLU) filed suit today in federal district court in Denver challenging the constitutionality of the new Colorado statute requiring teachers and students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day in all Colorado public schools. "Although Colorado legislators want to instill respect for the ideals.... | Read More
ACLU WINS FIRST STAGE IN COURT: STUDENTS AND TEACHERS CANNOT BE FORCED TO RECITE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ACLU Wins First Stage in Court: Students and Teachers Cannot Be Forced to Recite Pledge of Allegiance On August 15, 2003, the Honorable Lewis Babcock, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, granted the ACLU's request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) barring the State of Colorado and four local school districts from enforcing Colorado's mandatory Pledge of Allegiance law. Judge Babcock found that the law, which required all public school.... | Read More
ACLU OF COLORADO NAMES CATHRYN HAZOURI AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
ACLU of Colorado Names Cathryn Hazouri as Executive Director FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov 13, 2003 The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Colorado (ACLU) announced today that it has named Cathryn Hazouri as its Executive Director. Ms. Hazouri will lead the ACLU of Colorado during a critical time in which core civil liberties are threatened. Ms. Hazouri is the former President of the Boulder Valley Women's Health Center and served as the President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association..... | Read More
STUDENTS SUE COLORADO SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL FOR BLOCKING GAY/STRAIGHT ALLIANCE
Students Sue Colorado Springs High School for Blocking Gay/Straight Alliance FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec 12, 2003 Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado (ACLU) filed suit today in federal district court on behalf of a group of students at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs who challenge their school’s refusal to recognize their student club, the Palmer High Gay/Straight Alliance. The students started the club in January, 2003, but school authorities.... | Read More
ACLU SUES TO STOP WELD COUNTY CRIMINAL LIBEL INVESTIGATION
ACLU Sues to Stop Weld County Criminal Libel Investigation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 8, 2004 The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado (ACLU) filed suit today in federal district court seeking an emergency order to stop Weld County law enforcement authorities from pursuing a criminal investigation and prosecution of Thomas Mink, the publisher of an Internet-based publication that features satiric commentary on issues of public concern to the University of Northern Colorado.... | Read More
ACLU SUES DENVER POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR DISCLOSURE OF INVESTIGATION INTO CITIZEN’S ALLEGATION OF RACIAL PROFILING
ACLU Sues Denver Police Department for Disclosure of Investigation into Citizen’s Allegation of Racial Profiling FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 28, 2004 The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado (ACLU) filed suit today against the Denver Police Department (DPD) seeking disclosure of the records of an internal investigation into allegations that Denver police officers engaged in racial profiling, harassment, and used excessive force in an encounter with an African American.... | Read More