Posts Tagged ‘ACLU’

Lawsuit Claims Police Took Camera a Day After Lanier’s Camera Rule

Remember when Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier issued a general order back in July reminding officers not to take cameras and phones from people who were filming them? Because of the whole First Amendment thing?
As if to underscore the need for Lanier's order, a day after it was issued an MPD officer allegedly took [...]

ACLU, Others Ask Court to Dismiss Dan Snyder Lawsuit


The local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union told a D.C. Superior Court judge last night that Dan Snyder's lawsuit against Washington City Paper and staff writer Dave McKenna is a nuisance that must be thrown out because it violates a new law that keeps powerful public figures from harassing people—or newspapers—that write about [...]

Today in D.C. History: Interracial Couple’s Marriage in the District Sparks Judicial Battle

On June 12, 1958, a marriage consecrated in the District paved the way for one of the most important rulings on marriage, Loving v. Virginia, to be handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court. Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving were married in D.C. and arrested upon their return home to Virginia's Caroline County. The grounds [...]

Metro Bad News Roundup: Gun-Toting, Broken Staircase Edition

The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.'s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of unflattering Metro-related scoops. As a public service,Washington [...]

ACLU Demands Investigation Into Search Of Special Needs Students

Joram Regis, principal of the Prospect Learning Center, a D.C. public school located in Capitol Hill that focuses on special-needs students, developed a string of get-tough ideas to keep his students and teachers in line.
Regis routinely held afternoon faculty meetings in the school's auditorium. These often turned into one-man bitch sessions, in which Regis would [...]

The Moving, 12-Year Backstory Behind The Marijuana Bill

Today, the D.C. Council unanimously approved a bill legalizing medical marijuana. Wayne Turner, a former leader with the D.C. Chapter of ACT UP, made sure to be on hand. For him, the legislative victory had been a deeply personal one. It was Turner, along with his partner Steve Michael, who first began the effort to [...]

Our Morning Roundup: ‘Hasan Was an Avid Redskins Fan’

Somber morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to what will probably be my last Freedom Friday. Henceforth, I'll be doing the morning roundups on the Arts Desk. In genuinely somber news, Major Nidal M. Hasan, prime suspect in yesterday's shootings at Ft. Hood, was home-grown. WaPo's reporting reveals a rather mundane yet devout religious man [...]

Justice Department Passes on Appealing Transgender Discrimination Case, Activists Rejoice

Gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transgender activists and civil liberties groups are rejoicing over the Department of Justice’s decision not to appeal a nearly $500,000 award to an ex-Special Forces colonel from Alexandria who lost a job at the Library of Congress a few years ago after reveling that he was undergoing a sex change.
David Schroer had [...]

ACLU Scolds Holder for Failing to End Racial Profiling

Racial profiling that became widespread during the Bush days is still with us, according a new report co-authored by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Despite U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s willingness to talk about race in America and his pledge to end racial profiling, his Department of Justice hasn’t done much to dismantle Bush-era guidelines [...]