ACLU, NAACP To Sue BCA Over Jamar Clark ShootingOfficials with the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota and the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP are filing a lawsuit against the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension connected to the officer-involved shooting that led to Jamar Clark's death in Minneapolis.
Mpls. Councilmembers Want Decreased Consequences For Minor Pot PossessionA push is underway to downgrade minor possession of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a petty misdemeanor in the city of Minneapolis. If you are caught with pot in Minneapolis right now, you could face a $200 fine, jail time and a criminal record.
Report Shows Racial Disparities In Metro Transit Arrests For Fare EvadersA new report released Thursday shows disparities in arrests on metro transit between people of color and whites. The report shows that when police encounter people who are found to be first-time fare evaders, black adults are 26 percent more likely to be cited rather than warned when compared with white adults.
ACLU Sues Over Ban On Transition-Related Surgery Coverage The American Civil Liberties Union says it filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Minnesota Department of Human Services, challenging the ban on transition-related surgeries for transgender people on Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare.
ACLU's 'Mobile Justice App' Launches In Minn.; Aims To Hold Police AccountableThe American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota released the "Mobile Justice App" on Friday, which officials said will empower individuals to hold Minnesota's law enforcement agencies accountable for their actions.
ACLU Says New App Holds Powerful Tools; Police Raise ConcernsThe American Civil Liberties Union will launch its "Mobile Justice App" in Minnesota Friday. The technology allows users to instantly send video of police interactions to the ACLU.
Judge Denies Plea To Expand Acceptable Forms Of Voter IDA federal judge on Monday denied a civil rights group's request that voters be allowed to use more forms of photo identification at Wisconsin's polls, marking another chapter in a string of legal decisions surrounding the politically-charged voter ID requirement.
Activists Want More Transparency In Counterterrorism EffortsMuslim groups and civil rights activists across the nation on Thursday called for greater transparency in a program by President Barack Obama's administration that's aimed at countering homegrown terrorism.
Activists Want More Transparency In Counterterrorism EffortsMuslim groups and civil rights activists across the nation are calling for greater transparency in an Obama administration program aimed at countering homegrown terrorism.
Dakota County To Begin Taking DNA From Those Charged With Violent CrimesThe Dakota County Sheriff Office will be the first in the state to begin collecting DNA swabs from those suspected of a violent crime.
'Antiquated' Lurking, Loitering Laws Have Long History In Twin CitiesThe American Civil Liberties Union and other legal activists say that a number of Twin Cities suburbs have laws still on the books that are at least as troubling as Minneapolis’s repealed ordinances.
Mpls. City Council Votes To Repeal Spitting, Lurking OrdinanceThe Minneapolis City Council voted Friday morning to repeal two laws that some say encourage racial profiling. The council vote was 12-1 in favor of rolling back those ordinances. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges praised the city council's decision.