Press Releases

  • 07.30.15

    ACLU Questions RTA Police Pepper Spray Incident at Close of Movement for Black Lives Convening

    Records Requests Will Help Determine if Excessive Force Was Used

    CLEVELAND—The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is looking into a Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority police officer’s response to a confrontation with a crowd of individuals, who were attending the Movement for Black Lives Convening Sunday, July 26 at Cleveland State University. The transit officer in question indiscriminately and continuously discharged pepper spray into Read more…

    Police Practices, Racial Justice
  • 07.28.15

    Ohio Attorney General’s Grant to Athletes in Action Unconstitutional Misuse of Public Funds

    ACLU Requests Governor Kasich to Take Immediate Action

    COLUMBUS—The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio in a letter to Governor John Kasich is questioning the constitutionality of Attorney General Mike DeWine’s grant award of $300,000 from a legal settlement to Athletes in Action (AIA), a religious organization that operates athletic camps and programs in Ohio. Because AIA actively seeks to convert camp participants Read more…

    General Civil Liberties, Religious Liberty
  • 07.24.15

    Red Flags in Cleveland’s New Parade Ordinance, Says ACLU

    City Council Passes Constitutionally Questionable Legislation Without Public Input

    CLEVELAND— The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio questions Cleveland City Council’s action Wednesday repealing and replacing the ordinance regulating demonstrations without any public hearings. The hastily passed legislation updating the city of Cleveland’s permitting process limits protesters’ rights of free speech and assembly, according to ACLU of Ohio Executive Director Christine Link. “There are Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 07.17.15

    ACLU Brings “Prisons for Profit” Documentary to Toledo

    Film Exposes Serious Issues at Ohio’s Privately Operated Prison

    TOLEDO, OHIO—“Prisons for Profit,” which recently premiered at this year’s Cleveland International Film Festival will be shown at 6 p.m., August 11 at the Kent Branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, 3101 Collingwood Boulevard, Toledo. The short documentary was produced by the ACLU of Ohio and directed by Cleveland filmmaker Craig Knowles. “Prisons for Read more…

    Prisoners' Rights
  • 07.16.15

    Leading Advocates on the Left and the Right Join Forces for New Justice Reform Organization in Ohio

    ‘U.S. Justice Action Network’ Will Work with Lawmakers to Create Bipartisan Solutions to Criminal Justice and Public Safety in Ohio, Starting with “Ban the Box”

    The ACLU of Ohio is a partner organization with the U.S. Justice Action Network COLUMBUS, OHIO—Today, the most prominent voices from both the left and the right working on criminal justice issues announced the formation of U.S. Justice Action Network, a 501(c)(4) organization launching an unprecedented effort in Ohio to end overcriminalization, safely reduce the Read more…

    Criminal Justice, Prisoners' Rights
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