Local Policy Work
The ACLU of Utah again submitted comments to Salt Lake City regarding the city's revised proposed anti-panhandling ordinance. The ACLU of Utah is concerned that this measure will compromise rights and prove ineffective.
The ACLU of Utah submitted comments to Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and the City Council in response to the proposed "Commercial Solicitation Ordinance." The ACLU of Utah outlines how the proposed ordinance could infringe upon the free speech rights of Utahns and criminalize speech that is protected by the First Amendment and Utah's own free speech clause.
In a letter to Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and the City Council, the ACLU of Utah, expressed support for the proposed ordinance to prevent employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
ACLU of Utah asks Salt Lake City Mayor Anderson and Police Chief Burbank to change SLCPD Taser Policy
ACLU of Utah asks Salt Lake City Mayor Anderson and Police Chief Burbank to change SLCPD Taser Policy.
The ACLU of Utah sends a letter to City of South Salt Lake commenting on constitutional defects with the City's plans to limit free speech under proposed “Mass Gathering” ordinance.
The ACLU of Utah submits the following comments on the anti mask ordinance introduced by Salt Lake City’s Chief of Police Rick Dinse.
The ACLU of Utah hopes that unnecessary litigation can be avoided and offer these suggestions in an attempt to address what we believe to be the most serious constitutional defects with the Farmington City’s plan to limit free speech during the Olympic Games.
ACLU of Utah Sends Letter Regarding Salt Lake City’s Proposed Police Civilian Review Board Ordinance
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…
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 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 sends letter to mayor on Salt Lake City’s proposed Police Civilian Review Board ordinancepolicy
Letter to Captain Ed Spann and Agent Dale Weiss of the Utah Olympic Public Safety Command
In a Letter to the Salt Lake City Council, the ACLU of Utah Questions the Proposed Administrative Law Division
ACLU of Utah Writes Public Safety Commissioner Craig Dearden
ACLU of Utah Sends Letter to Salt Lake City Council Opposing Federal Pilot Project to Grant Immigration Authority to Salt Lake City Police