ACLU Commends Grand Rapids Police Decision to End Trespass Policy That Led to Disproportionate Arrest of African-Americans
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 Asks Michigan State Police to End Traffic-Stop Requirements for Troopers
DETROIT—Concerned about the increased potential for violent confrontations and racial profiling, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan in a letter today urged the Michigan State Police to eliminate a policy requiring troopers to make a designated number of traffic stops to meet performance standards.
Fancher: Five Steps the Police Can Take to Reduce Racial Bias Toward Blacks
Recent tragic police-related shootings have demonstrated yet again that sudden, violent deaths at the hands of police can capture headlines and public attention. But out of sight and forgotten are thousands of victims of illegal racially discriminatory encounters with police who survived, but who nevertheless ended up in prison cells.
Mom Arrested and Strip-Searched After 9/11 Flight Settles Lawsuit
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union announced a settlement in its lawsuit filed on behalf of Shoshana Hebshi, a mother of two who was pulled off an airplane at gunpoint, arrested, strip-searched, and detained. The case was brought against Frontier Airlines and several government defendants.
An Orwellian Grand Rapids Police Tactic Targets Black Americans for Simply Existing
Kirk McConer was arrested and jailed while talking to a friend outside a convenience store, where he had just purchased a soda. Tyrone Hightower was arrested and jailed after sitting in his car in the parking lot of a nightclub, as he waited to make sure his friends were admitted to the club. And Jacob Manyong was stopped and placed under arrest after the back tire of his car barely crossed the property of a private business, as he drove out of an adjacent public lot.
The charges against McConer, Hightower, and Manyong? Trespassing.
Racially Disproportionate Traffic Stops in Ferndale
After receiving multiple complaints from African American motorists who felt that they had been the targets of racial profiling by police officers conducting traffic stops in Ferndale, the ACLU of Michigan requested traffic stop data from the Ferndale Police Department pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.
Citing Alarming Statistics, ACLU of Michigan Asks Ferndale to Investigate Possible Racial Profiling of Black Motorists by Police
DETROIT -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan in a letter today urged the Ferndale Police Department to hire an independent firm to investigate why black motorists are being issued traffic citations at a rate grossly disproportionate to their presence in the local population. After receiving multiple complaints from the public regarding possible racial profiling in Ferndale, the ACLU of Michigan obtained public records from the Ferndale Police Department that indicate that black drivers are far more likely to be ticketed in Ferndale than white drivers.