Press Releases

  • 05.26.15

    ACLU Says DOJ Agreement with Cleveland Only the Beginning

    Community Partnerships Essential for Reform

    +*-Read the summary of the DOJ-City of Cleveland Consent Decree. Read the full consent decree. (large pdf) Check out  our recom-mendations for Cleveland police reforms.  CLEVELAND—The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has issued a statement following the release of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) consent decree with the city of Cleveland. The settlement Read more…

    Police Practices, Racial Justice
  • 05.23.15

    ACLU Releases Protester Advisory

    +*-CLEVELAND—With demonstrations occurring in Cleveland, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has released a protester alert. This advisory gives basic information about the rights of protesters, the limitations of those rights, and what to do if these rights are violated. “We have an important and constitutionally protected right to peacefully protest in this country,” Read more…

    Free Speech, Police Practices
  • 05.23.15

    ACLU Issues Statement Following Brelo Verdict

    Calls for Systemic Reforms of Cleveland Police Department

    +*-CLEVELAND—The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has issued a statement following the not guilty verdict in the Michael Brelo trial in the 2012 shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. “Let’s remember that two unarmed people, convicted of nothing, died at the hands of the police,” said Christine Link, executive director of the Read more…

    Criminal Justice, Police Practices
  • 05.22.15

    Boy Scouts Ease Up On Anti-Gay Policy; Advocates Call For Local Scout’s Reinstatement

    BSA President Ensures That Local Chapters Will Not Face Consequences For Ignoring the Discriminatory National Policy

    +*-COLUMBUS—Today, Dr. Robert Gates, President of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), called on the organization to end its ban on gay adults. Gates assured that BSA would not revoke charters of local Boy Scouts chapters that disregarded the BSA’s current ban on gay adults. This move comes shortly after Brian Peffly, a central Ohio Read more…

    LGBT Rights
  • 05.11.15

    Scouts for Equality, Equality Ohio, Human Rights Campaign and ACLU of Ohio Launch #StandWithBrian Campaign to Support Ousted Assistant Scoutmaster Brian Peffly

    Brian Peffly—an openly gay Eagle Scout and the Assistant Scoutmaster of Columbus Boy Scout Troop 192—had his membership revoked by Boy Scouts of America. Scouts for Equality, Equality Ohio, the Human Rights Campaign, and ACLU of Ohio are all calling on the Simon Kenton Council to immediately reinstate Peffly

    +*-Washington, D.C.—Today, Scouts for Equality, Equality Ohio, the Human Rights Campaign and the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio joined together to call on the Boy Scouts of America to reinstate openly-gay Scoutmaster Brian Peffly. Peffly, an openly gay Eagle Scout and former Assistant Scoutmaster of Columbus Boy Scout Troop 192, recently had his membership Read more…

    LGBT Rights
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