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Dakota County To Begin Taking DNA From Those Charged With Violent Crimes

The Dakota County Sheriff Office will be the first in the state to begin collecting DNA swabs from those suspected of a violent crime.

06/24/2015

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‘Antiquated’ Lurking, Loitering Laws Have Long History In Twin Cities

The 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say that a number of Twin Cities suburbs have laws still on the books that are at least as troubling as Minneapolis’s repealed ordinances.

06/22/2015

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Mpls. City Council Votes To Repeal Spitting, Lurking Ordinance

The 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.

06/05/2015

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Minneapolis Has Major Racial Disparity In Arrests, ACLU Study Says

New data compiled by the American Civil Liberties Union found black people are nearly nine times more likely to be arrested for low-level offenses than white people.

05/28/2015

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ACLU Reaches Settlement With Gaylord PD In Civil Rights Case

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota has reached a $40,000 settlement with the Gaylord Police Department and the Sibley County Sheriff’s Office in a case that alleged racial profiling.

01/31/2015

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Lawmakers Debate Police Use Of License Plate Readers

Minnesota lawmakers opened hearings Thursday on a bill to regulate how long police can keep computer images of your car and license plate. Police store tens of thousands of those images — even if you haven’t committed a crime.

01/15/2015

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ACLU Findings: Dramatic Racial Disparities In Mpls. Police Arrest Rates

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says the Minneapolis Police Department’s arrest rates for low-level, nonviolent offenses shows dramatic racial disparities.

10/30/2014

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Civil Rights Group Files Gay Marriage Lawsuit In Wis.

A civil rights group has filed a lawsuit seeking recognition of gay couples who married in June after a judge struck down Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage.

09/17/2014

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Wisconsin Appeals Ruling Allowing Gay Marriages

Wisconsin has appealed a federal judge’s ruling from last month striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriages as unconstitutional.

07/10/2014

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Judge To Hold Hearing On Wisconsin Gay Marriages

Both sides in the fight over same-sex marriages in Wisconsin are headed back to federal court Friday afternoon for a hearing that could determine whether the weddings can continue. The hearing before U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb comes exactly one week after she struck down the state’s ban on gay marriages as unconstitutional.

06/13/2014

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Minneapolis Changes All-Star Game Events Ordinance

Minneapolis has shortened the window of time around Major League Baseball’s July 15 All-Star Game during which other events in the city can be limited.

05/09/2014

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ACLU Sues Minneapolis Over All-Star Game Ordinance

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota says they have filed a suit against the City of Minneapolis because of their establishment of a “clean zone” during the MLB All-Star Game this summer. The ACLU said their suit was filed on behalf of members of the One Day in July Street Festival Committee.

05/08/2014

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Wis. Judge: Temporary Gay Marriage Ban Block Unlikely

A federal judge has asked the American Civil Liberties Union to reconsider its request to temporarily block Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban. The American Civil Liberties Union wants U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to issue a temporary order nullifying the ban while she weighs the organization’s lawsuit challenging it.

03/05/2014

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Same-Sex Couples Challenge Wis. Gay Marriage Ban

A group of same-sex couples filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage, arguing the prohibition is unconstitutional and has denied them civil rights married couples enjoy.

02/03/2014

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Metrodome Operators Won’t Block Use Of Redskins

Offensive, illegal and painful. Those are just some of the words the American Indian movement leaders of Minnesota used Friday to describe the Washington NFL team name: the Redskins. The Vikings play the Washington Redskins at the Metrodome on Nov. 7.

10/25/2013

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Coalition To Challenge Voter ID Amendment

A coalition plans to announce a legal challenge to a proposed constitutional amendment that would require voters to present photo IDs at the polls.

05/30/2012

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ACLU Sues Minnewaksa Schools In Facebook Incidents

The American Civil Liberties Union sued Minnewaska Area Schools and Pope County officials Tuesday, claiming they violated a middle school student’s constitutional rights in two incidents involving Facebook.

03/06/2012

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ACLU Sues Hennepin Co. Over OccupyMN Protest Rules

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed a lawsuit Monday against Hennepin County for allegedly restricting Occupy Minnesota protester’s right to free speech.

11/21/2011

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OccupyMN To Hennepin Co.: ‘We Aren’t Going Anywhere’

Occupy Minnesota protesters say Hennepin County is trying to force them out of Government Plaza in downtown Minneapolis.

11/04/2011

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ACLU-MN Asks Hennepin Co. To Rescind Occupy Rules

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is asking Hennepin County to rescind new restrictions on OccupyMN protesters.

11/03/2011

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Court Considers Release Of TiZA Records

A federal judge will consider unsealing records in the two-year legal standoff between the American Civil Liberties Union and a Minnesota charter school accused of promoting religion.

04/29/2011