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Shooting Up Chicago

A court granted the ACLU of Illinois and Black Lives Matter Chicago permission to intervene in the consent decree negotiations.

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How Protesters and Politicians Helped Increase Baltimore's Violent Crime

De-policing is an outcome — it is the direct result of protesters, politicians, and the press applying enormous pressure on police to do less policing — in which the obvious end state is an increase in violent crime.

Florida Department Extends Test of Amazon's Facial Recognition Software

The Orlando Police Department plans to continue its test of Amazon's controversial "Rekognition" facial recognition software, despite opposition from civil rights groups and even company employees and investors.

ACLU Demands Amazon Stop Providing Facial Recognition Tool to Law Enforcement

In Oregon, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is using the program to look for matches within its own database of booking mug shots, said Deputy Jeff Talbot. The department also confirms each match made through the Rekognition software by another method, he said.

Bills to Protect Police Introduced in Both Houses of Congress

Legislation to impose federal penalties on people who deliberately target law enforcement officers for attack was introduced in both the House and Senate today.

Police Association Files FOIA Requests on Chicago's Plan to Include the ACLU and BLM in Police Oversight

The FOIA request seeks, among other documents, any communications that the City of Chicago has had regarding the qualifications and possible ramifications of these activist groups being placed in an oversight capacity of the safety of Chicago police officers.

Anti-Police Activists Get Say in Chicago Police Reforms

Under the agreement, the community groups can provide input as the city and the attorney general’s office continue to negotiate the terms of the consent decree. And once the decree is in place, they can object if it is inadequate or push for enforcement if the Police Department fails to follow through on its commitments.

Proposed St. Louis Law would Limit Police Use of Chemical Agents During Disorder

A bill proposed by a St. Louis alderman would restrict when police could use pepper spray and other chemical agents to disperse crowds.

ACLU Sues St. Louis Over Police Actions During Stockley Verdict Protests

The ACLU has filed suit against the city of St. Louis for what it calls "unlawful and unconstitutional" actions by police during protests of the Stockley verdict.

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ACLU Asks OK Agency to Stop Posting Religious Messages on Facebook

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is asking the Mounds (OK) Police Department to stop making religious statements on the department’s Facebook page.