ACLU Files Lawsuit Over Unlawful Sweep at Utah School Targeting Students of Color Posted 12/13/12 - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class-action lawsuit against school and police officials today over a “gang sweep” in which students of color were detained, interrogated and falsely accused of participating in gang activity. The complaint stems from a December 2010 incident during which between 14 and 40 West High School students of color were detained, interrogated, searched and forced to be photographed holding signs identifying them as gang members. Their personal information was entered into a “gang database,” making them subject to additional police scrutiny even though they did not commit a crime. All of the detained students were of Latino, African-American or Pacific Island descent, even though they make up only half of the student body.
ACLU of Utah Appeals Ogden's "Gang Injunction" To Utah Supreme Court And Requests Immediate Stay Posted 9/12/12 - The ACLU of Utah, together with cooperating attorneys David Reymann of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless and Randy Richards of Allen, Richards & Pace, today filed a Notice of Appeal in the Second Judicial District Court for Weber County appealing the court’s so-called “gang injunction” to the Utah Supreme Court. The ACLU of Utah also requested that the district court suspend the enforcement of the injunction while the appeal is pending. The injunction purportedly applies to the “Ogden Trece” gang as an entity, covers virtually the entire city of Ogden, and prohibits more than three hundred of its alleged members from a wide range of constitutionally protected conduct, including associating with other alleged members (including family, friends, and co-workers), engaging in peaceful protests in public places, traveling together to vote, and even appearing in court together to challenge the injunction.
Celebrate Women's History Month with the ACLU of Utah in March! Posted 3/5/09 -In celebration of Women’s History Month, the ACLU of Utah presents “A Single Woman,” a new film by Kamala Lopez, accompanied by a public panel discussion about the state of women’s involvement in Utah’s political landscape.
The ACLU of Utah is hosting screenings and panel discussions at Salt Lake Community College (Monday, March 23) and the University of Utah (Tuesday, March 24).