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Court Says Grand Rapids Responsible for Policy That Allows Police to Illegally Arrest Innocent People

Court Says Grand Rapids Responsible for Policy That Allows Police to Illegally Arrest Innocent People

2018-10-17 00:00:00

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan applauds the decision of U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney that holds the City of Grand Rapids responsible for permitting police officers to arrest innocent people for trespassing at local businesses during operating hours—even when business owners didn’t ask them to leave.

The court’s decision about the policy—which resulted in African Americans being stopped at more than twice the rate as whites under the initiative—comes after years of litigation brought by the ACLU.

Police Photograph and Fingerprint Without Probable Cause

Police Photograph and Fingerprint Without Probable Cause

2018-07-30 00:00:00

Keyon Harrison, an African American 16-year-old, was walking home from school when he saw another youth with a model truck and paused to look at it.  Grand Rapids police, who later claimed that two youth looking at a toy truck is so suspicious that it justifies a police investigation, stopped Keyon, took his picture, and fingerprinted him.  Even though Keyon did nothing more than admire a toy, his picture and fingerprints are now in a police database. 

Knock and Talk

Knock and Talk

2017-06-01 00:00:00

When the police don’t have enough evidence to get a search warrant, they sometimes employ a procedure they have nicknamed “knock and talk” to investigate further.  Courts have ruled that a police officer has the same right as an everyday citizen (for example, a Girl Scout selling cookies) to visit your house, knock on your front door, and ask to speak with you.  Unfortunately, abuses of the “knock and talk” technique are now rampant. 

Lawsuits for Information About Multi-Agency Task Force Raids

Lawsuits for Information About Multi-Agency Task Force Raids

2017-03-17 00:00:00

The ACLU of Michigan has worked to expose and address Fourth Amendment abuses by inter-agency police task forces and police raids.  In 2014, we learned that a task force involving the Highland Park police and federal immigration agents raided a late-night dance and music event in Detroit, resulting in numerous arrests, forfeitures and allegations of mental and physical abuse by law enforcement officers.  When we sent the Highland Park Police Department a public records request in an attempt to learn more about the incident, they failed to provide the requested documents. 

Grand Rapids Police Arresting Innocent People for Trespassing

Grand Rapids Police Arresting Innocent People for Trespassing

2018-10-17 00:00:00

For years, the Grand Rapids Police Department has solicited business owners to sign “Letters of Intent to Prosecute Trespassers.”  These letters do not articulate a business owner’s desire to keep a specific person off their property and are not directed at any particular person.  Instead, police officers use these generalized letters to decide for themselves who does not “belong” on premises that are generally open to the public.  In many cases, the police arrest people who have done nothing wrong, including patrons of the business. 

Atiya’s Story: When Zero Tolerance Makes Zero Sense

Atiya’s Story: When Zero Tolerance Makes Zero Sense

2014-10-15 00:00:00

Annapolis High School senior Atiya Haynes learned a tough lesson about Michigan’s zero tolerance this week—and although it wasn’t as harsh as it could’ve been, it’s also a lesson she shouldn’t have been forced to learn at all.

Atiya, a 17-year-old honor student and community volunteer, was suspended for the rest of her senior year by the Dearborn Heights school board this week after a school administrator found a knife in her purse that Atiya had forgotten was there.

ACLU, Livonia Settle Lawsuit Challenging Unconstitutional Breath Test of 13-Year-Old

ACLU, Livonia Settle Lawsuit Challenging Unconstitutional Breath Test of 13-Year-Old

2011-12-16 00:00:00

The lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan on behalf of a 13-year-old student who was forced by Livonia police to submit to an unconstitutional breathalyzer test has been settled. The City of Livonia has agreed to institute new policies and training to prevent unconstitutional breathalyzer searches of minors from occurring in the future. United States District Judge George Caram Steeh dismissed the case this week after the settlement agreement was reached.

ACLU Challenges Unconstitutional Breath Test of 13-Year-Old in Livonia

ACLU Challenges Unconstitutional Breath Test of 13-Year-Old in Livonia

2011-09-20 00:00:00

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of a 13-year-old boy who was forced by the Livonia police to submit to a breath test even though they did not have a warrant authorizing the procedure. The teen was not drinking and police had no evidence that he had broken the law.

ACLU-MI Alarmed By Recent Arrests of 49 Students at a Detroit High School, Calls on Parents to Contact the Organization

ACLU-MI Alarmed By Recent Arrests of 49 Students at a Detroit High School, Calls on Parents to Contact the Organization

2009-03-11 00:00:00

DETROIT -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that it launching an investigation into the hallway sweep conducted by the Detroit Police Department at Central High School that resulted in the arrest of 35 boys and 14 girls for “loitering.” The organization is calling on arrested students and their families who attend Central High School to contact the ACLU of Michigan to determine whether legal challenges are appropriate. Affected CHS students and their families can contact the ACLU of Michigan at 313.578.6800.

ACLUs Across the U.S. File Federal Suit to Stop Airport Harassment

ACLUs Across the U.S. File Federal Suit to Stop Airport Harassment

2006-06-19 00:00:00

DETROIT - The American Civil Liberties Unions of Michigan, Massachusetts and Washington today filed an amended complaint to a lawsuit previously filed by the ACLU of Illinois which calls on the federal government to reform its screening center procedures that are responsible for the detention and harassment of U.S. citizens upon re-entry into the United States at a multitude of airports and border crossings. The case is pending in federal court in Chicago.

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October 17, 2018 Search & Seizure, Racial Justice
For years, the Grand Rapids Police Department has solicited business owners to sign “Letters of Intent to Prosecute Trespassers.”  These letters do not...
Keyon Harrison, an African American 16-year-old, was walking home from school when he saw another youth with a model truck and paused to look at it.  Grand...
When the police don’t have enough evidence to get a search warrant, they sometimes employ a procedure they have nicknamed “knock and talk” to investigate...
March 17, 2017 Search & Seizure
The ACLU of Michigan has worked to expose and address Fourth Amendment abuses by inter-agency police task forces and police raids.  In 2014, we learned that a...
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December 16, 2011 Search & Seizure
The lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan on behalf of a 13-year-old student who was forced by Livonia police to submit to an...
September 20, 2011 Search & Seizure
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of a 13-year-old boy who was forced by the Livonia police to submit to a...
March 11, 2009 Search & Seizure
DETROIT -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that it launching an investigation into the hallway sweep conducted by the Detroit...
June 19, 2006 Search & Seizure
DETROIT - The American Civil Liberties Unions of Michigan, Massachusetts and Washington today filed an amended complaint to a lawsuit previously filed by the...
March 28, 2000 Search & Seizure
The ACLU of Michigan, representing Grand Blanc student Micah White, filed a lawsuit today in Genesee County Circuit Court challenging a policy at the school to...
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