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Jul
29
2015
NYCLU Will Appeal Garner Grand Jury Transcript Decision

In response to the Appellate Division, Second Department’s decision to keep secret records from the Grand Jury which failed to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement.

Jul
8
2015
Victory Allows Families to Visit Hart Island Graves

Starting later this month, family members will be able to visit the graves of loved ones buried in New York City’s potter’s field, Hart Island, thanks to a settlement reached today between the New York Civil Liberties Union and New York City. The agreement comes in response to a class-action lawsuit filed by the NYCLU in December 2014 challenging a city policy barring people from visiting the gravesites of family members buried on the island – the final resting place for 1 million people and the largest mass grave in the United States.

Mar
19
2015
Decision in Garner Grand Jury Records Case Adds Fuel to New Yorkers’ Distrust of System

In response to a Staten Island judge’s decision to keep secret records from the Grand Jury which failed to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement. The NYCLU in December petitioned the court to release to the public the Grand Jury’s transcript, as well as the evidence presented and instructions the jury was given.

Mar
17
2015
Court Orders Erie County Sheriff to Disclose Use of Stingray Surveillance Device

In a victory for the public’s right to know, a Supreme Court judge in Buffalo this afternoon ruled that the Erie County Sheriff’s Office must disclose public information “stingrays,” devices that can track and record New Yorkers’ locations via their cell phones. The New York Civil Liberties Union sued the Sheriff’s Office in November for failing to follow the law and respond to public information about how it uses the devices.

Feb
26
2015
Victory in NYPD Quota Case Protects Speech of Officers, Public Employees

In a victory for the free speech rights of police officers and all public employees, a federal appeals court this morning ruled that when an NYPD officer and whistleblower exposed an illegal quota system in his Bronx precinct that his speech was protected. The case was brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Dec
12
2014
Motion Demands Public Release of Garner Grand Jury Transcript

The New York Civil Liberties Union yesterday submitted a formal application to the judge who oversaw the Grand Jury proceedings in the chokehold death of Eric Garner asking for the public release of the Grand Jury proceedings transcript, as well as the evidence presented and instructions given to the jury. The NYCLU’s application specifically requests that any personally identifiable information about the jurors, witnesses and employees of the office of the Staten Island District Attorney be redacted.

Dec
3
2014
NYCLU Sues to Allow Families to Visit the Gravesites of their Loved Ones on Hart Island

The New York Civil Liberties Union today filed a class-action lawsuit to allow family members to visit the graves of their loved ones buried in New York City’s potter’s field, Hart Island – the final resting place for some 1 million people and the largest mass grave in the United States. Current restrictive policies by the Department of Corrections (DOC), which uses prison labor to bury poor or unknown people and oversees all operations on the island, bar people from visiting the graves of their loved ones.

Oct
2
2014
NYCLU: New Albany Cyberbullying Bill Harms Youth

The New York Civil Liberties Union today sent a letter urging Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy to reject a new cyberbullying bill because of its significant potential to harm youth and criminalize their constitutionally protected speech, while also failing to reduce bullying. The bill, Local Law F of 2014, imposes criminal sanctions, including prison sentences and fines, on young people for engaging in broad categories of speech online.

Aug
18
2014
NYCLU Victory Secures Public’s Right to Know if Erie County has Cleaned Up its Jails

In a victory for open government, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled that Erie County must unseal reports on the conditions in its jails. The decision is a result of the New York Civil Liberties Union’s intervention in a case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice. ““This is a victory for open government and an important step in securing healthy and humane conditions at the Erie County Holding Center, and throughout the county’s correctional system," said John A. Curr III, director of the NYCLU’s Western Regional Office.

Aug
8
2014
NYCLU Objects to Manhattan DA’s Grab of Facebook Users’ Activity in Court Brief

In response to the Manhattan district attorney’s sweeping warrants forcing Facebook to turn over the contents of 381 Facebook accounts, the New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union today submitted a friend of the court brief in support of Facebook’s appeal challenging the constitutionality of these warrants.

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