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ACLU Report Urges Changes in Pasco Police Policies

The ACLU-WA has issued a report calling for major reforms in Pasco police policies in order to prevent unnecessary deaths and excessive use of force. (Pictured above: Felix Vargas of Consejo Latino, Jennifer Shaw of the ACLU-WA, and Jeremy Peterson of Tri-Cities Community Solutions at a press conference in Pasco) Read More »

Lawsuit Says Tacoma Police Withheld Documents About Use of Stingray Surveillance Device

The ACLU-WA is suing the Tacoma Police Dept. for failing to disclose records related to its use of a highly intrusive stingray surveillance device. The suit seeks information vital to holding police accountable to the public it serves. Read More »
 

Support Civil Liberties in the 2016 State Legislature

January 29, 2016
Replacing the death penalty . . . ending debtors’ prisons . . . holding police accountable . . . strengthening voting rights . . . preserving anti-discrimination regulations that protect transgender people. The ACLU-WA is working to extend and defend civil liberties in this year’s legislative session in Olympia. Read More »
 
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Lawsuit Challenges Modern-Day Debtors’ Prison

Oct 6, 2015
An ACLU-WA lawsuit says Benton County is violating the Constitution by jailing, threatening to jail, or forcing manual labor on people who are too poor to pay court-imposed debts.  Read More »
 
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Court Orders State to Stop Violating Rights of People with Mental Illness in Jail

Apr 3, 2015
A federal judge has rebuked the State of Washington and ordered it to provide competency services speedily to people with mental illness in jails. The ruling came in a suit on behalf of incarcerated pre-trial detainees who have sat for weeks and months awaiting court-ordered services. Read More »
 
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Woman Sues Public Hospital District to Ensure Access to Abortion

Feb 19, 2015
The ACLU of Washington has filed a lawsuit seeking to have Skagit Regional Health comply with Washington’s Reproductive Privacy Act (RPA).  The suit is part of a new statewide effort by the ACLU to ensure that all public hospitals are complying with the RPA. Read More »