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 SUES DEA, CBI, FOR ILLEGAL ARMED HOME INVASION, FALSE IMPRISONMENT
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ACLU LAWSUIT ALLEGES GOLDEN, DENVER POLICE ILLEGALLY SEIZED MEMBERSHIP LISTS, ADVOCACY MATERIALS, FROM
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EX-PRISONER SETTLES SEXUAL ASSAULT SUIT AGAINST NATION’S LARGEST PRIVATE EXTRADITION COMPANY
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AS GRADUATION APPROACHES, KIOWA COUNTY FAMILY ASKS COURT TO END SCHOOL-SPONSORED RELIGIOUS EXERCISES
As Graduation Approaches, Kiowa County Family Asks Court to End School-sponsored Religious Exercises FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2002 An Eastern Colorado family who has asked the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado (ACLU) for help in ending religious exercises in a Kiowa County public school is expected to testify in federal district court this Friday, the ACLU said today. Thirteen-year-old Ashlee Shields and her father, Sean Shields, filed a federal lawsuit on Monday.... | Read More
ACLU ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT OF RANDOM DRUG TESTING CASE
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