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July 2019

Does ProtonMail Snitch?

By |2019-07-02T16:08:36-07:00July 2nd, 2019|Categories: News, Organizing Resources, Resources, Security|Tags: , , , , , |

Since this Register article was recently published, some activists are concerned about whether or not ProtonMail can be trusted.

The CLDC has expressed reservations that ProtonMail may not be the best choice for activists. Despite the worrisome recent news, ProtonMail is nevertheless a reasonable choice for encrypted email. As […]

June 2016

What has the Supreme Court done with your civil rights lately?

By |2016-06-29T16:39:20-07:00June 29th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Last week, the Supreme Court issued a number of opinions that will affect the civil rights of millions of Americans. First, the court ruled that during DUI arrests, police can take warrantless breathalyzer tests, but not warrantless blood-draws. Second, the court ruled that universities may implement “race-conscious” affirmative action admission policies. Third, the court deadlocked 4-4 on President Obama’s “deferred-deportation” policy for undocumented immigrants, which leaves in place a lower court preliminary injunction against implementation of that policy.

Federal appeals court rejects police use of taser against man recovering from diabetic seizure

By |2016-06-15T10:59:06-07:00June 15th, 2016|Categories: Articles, News|Tags: , , , , |

Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, which sets legal precedent for the states of Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, ruled that a jury could find that police used unconstitutional excessive force when they tasered a man recovering from a diabetic seizure.

February 2016

Police in Massachusetts and New York held accountable for civil rights violations in court

By |2016-02-09T11:48:58-07:00February 9th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Info, News|Tags: , , , |

Last week, victims of civil rights abuses by police scored two victories in Massachusetts and New York. In Massachusetts, in Stamps v. Framingham, the federal First Circuit Court of Appeals held that a police officer who holds a loaded gun at the head of a non-threatening, compliant individual, with the gun’s safety off, cannot avoid civil liability for accidentally shooting and killing the individual. In New York, in Held v. Christian, a police officer agreed in a court settlement to pay $45,000 to an individual whose nude photos he stole after taking possession of her cell phone during a routine traffic stop.

September 2015

Federal appeals court allows trial against police who shot suicidal Texas youth

By |2015-09-29T17:40:50-07:00September 29th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Info|Tags: , |

Last week, in Cole v. Carson, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Texas held that a teenager who was shot by police could take the police to court for federal civil rights violations. The teen had recently broken up with his girlfriend and had walked into the woods pointing a gun to his own head. He backed out of the woods with the gun still to his head and then turned to his left to continue walking and police officers opened fire on him.

Federal courts affirm civil liberties in Washington D.C. and Michigan

By |2015-09-15T14:18:00-07:00September 15th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Info|Tags: , |

Last week, federal courts in Washington D.C. and Michigan issued orders affirming the civil liberties of deaf prisoners and suicidal individuals who call police for help during a mental health emergency. In Washington D.C., a federal court held that the Americans with Disabilities Act requires prisons to affirmatively provide appropriate communication services for deaf inmates. In Michigan, a federal court held that police officers ignored the protections of the 4th Amendment when they responded to a potentially suicidal individual by breaking windows and throwing tear gas canisters into his home, and ultimately shooting and killing him.

June 2015

May 2015

Three strikes against unchecked government spying and censorship

By |2016-12-05T18:09:48-07:00May 13th, 2015|Categories: Articles, News|Tags: , , , |

Last week was a busy week for privacy and free speech advocates. In New York, a federal appeals court issued a decision finding that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) telephone metadata collection program is illegal. In California, a federal court issued a preliminary injunction against a San Diego jail policy allowing “postcards only” for inmates. In Washington D.C., a federal court held that conducting invasive, forensic searches of laptops seized at airports is illegal.

April 2015

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