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ACLU Commends Grand Rapids Police Decision to End Trespass Policy That Led to Disproportionate Arrest of African-Americans

ACLU Commends Grand Rapids Police Decision to End Trespass Policy That Led to Disproportionate Arrest of African-Americans

2017-06-29 00:00:00

The ACLU is hailing a recent decision by the Grand Rapids Police Department to end a policy that permitted police officers to arrest innocent people for trespassing at local businesses during operating hours—even when business owners didn’t ask them to leave.

ACLU of Michigan, Grand Rapids Agree on Surveillance Policy That Protects Communities and Civil Liberties

ACLU of Michigan, Grand Rapids Agree on Surveillance Policy That Protects Communities and Civil Liberties

2015-04-10 00:00:00

In March, the Grand Rapids City Commission formally adopted an administrative policy governing the purchase and use of surveillance equipment. Adoption of this policy makes Grand Rapids one for the first cities in the world to try addressing the issue of mass surveillance in a serious way.

The Right to Pass Out “Know Your Rights” Leaflets

The Right to Pass Out “Know Your Rights” Leaflets

2015-02-28 00:00:00

In June 2013 Joe Marogil was passing out leaflets at the Fulton Street Farmers Market in Grand Rapids about upcoming ACLU “Know Your Rights” events.  The market director told him to leave and threatened to have him arrested if he continued.  The ACLU of Michigan contacted city officials and asked to meet with them regarding the First Amendment right to distribute non-commercial flyers in public areas.  After lengthy negotiations, in February 2015 the city agreed to change its policies and allow petitioning, leafleting and other free speech activities in designated areas of the market.

February 28, 2015 Grand Rapids, Know Your Rights
In June 2013 Joe Marogil was passing out leaflets at the Fulton Street Farmers Market in Grand Rapids about upcoming ACLU “Know Your Rights” events.  The...
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