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ACLU of Utah Sends Letter Regarding Salt Lake City’s Proposed Police Civilian Review Board Ordinance

10 September 2001 Published in Local Policy Work
ACLU of Utah express support for the proposed changes to the Police Civilian Review Board, which we believe considerably strengthen our existing model for citizen review of police practices. To Members of the Salt Lake City Council: I am writing on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah to express our support for the proposed changes to the Police Civilian Review Board, which we believe considerably strengthen our existing model for citizen review of police practices. The ACLU has always maintained that effective law enforcement depends upon the trust and cooperation of community residents, and that both are enhanced when citizen review of police activities is possible. We are pleased by the fact that the proposed ordinance contains several elements that are critical to a strong and independent review board, specifically: 1) An investigator who is not an employee of the police department, who has access to all investigations by the police department’s internal affairs unit, and who may request additional investigations, question witnesses, and request that internal affairs representatives interview specific witnesses or collect evidence. 2) A civilian review board that is as diverse – geographically, racially, economically, etc. – as the population it represents. 3) The…

ACLU of Utah Comments on Salt Lake City’s Plans to Accommodate Free Speech During the Olympic Games

10 September 2001 Published in Local Policy Work
In light of the fact that the City’s plans for limiting free speech during the Olympics, The ACLU of Utah offers the following comments on the plans in hopes of prompting the City to adopt a constitutionally sound final plan. September 10, 2001 By Facsimile and U.S. Mail Boyd A. Ferguson Assistant City Attorney 451 South State Street Room 505 Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 Re: Request for Records Regarding Free Speech During 2002 Winter Olympics Dear Mr. Ferguson, This is further to your letter of August 30, 2001. In light of the fact that the City’s plans for limiting free speech during the Olympics are still being developed, we would like to offer the following comments on the plans in hopes of prompting the City to adopt a constitutionally sound final plan. 1. The “Shaded” Areas It appears that the City proposes to close every traditional public forum that falls within any of the “shaded” areas on the map you provided – areas covering some 16 square blocks. Within the shaded areas, protests will be limited to six small areas that will accommodate a total of 170 protesters at any given time. Blanket restrictions on access to traditional public…

Letter Asks SLC to Guarantee Free Speech Rights During Olympics

04 June 2001 Published in Local Policy Work
Letter to Mayor Ross Anderson and Salt Lake City Police Chief Rick Dinse outlining our position on free speech activities during the Olympic games.

ACLU of Utah Encourages SLC to Make Civilian Review Board More Independent

05 March 2001 Published in Local Policy Work
ACLU of Utah sends letter to mayor on Salt Lake City’s proposed Police Civilian Review Board ordinancepolicy

ACLU of Utah Encourages Comprehensive Training For Olympic Security

11 August 2000 Published in Local Policy Work
Letter to Captain Ed Spann and Agent Dale Weiss of the Utah Olympic Public Safety Command

Proposed Administrative Law Ordinance Impacts Ethnic Communities

09 November 1999 Published in Local Policy Work
In a Letter to the Salt Lake City Council, the ACLU of Utah Questions the Proposed Administrative Law Division

Utah Coalition Raises Concerns Regarding Olympic Impact On Rights

02 September 1999 Published in Local Policy Work
ACLU of Utah Writes Public Safety Commissioner Craig Dearden

The ACLU of Utah Sends the Department of Corrections a Statement of Concerns on the Privatization of Prisons

15 July 1999 Published in State Policy Work
In response to the private prison contract currently under negotiation in the State of Utah, the ACLU of Utah reiterates its strong opposition to the privatization of prisons both as a matter of law and public policy.

Proposed Anti Cruising Ordinance Raises Concerns

25 May 1999 Published in Local Policy Work
The ACLU of Utah Sends a Letter to Salt Lake City Council Members Opposing the Proposed Anti-Cruising Ordinance