ACLU files motion to dismiss charges against Black Lives Matter demonstrator Kandace Montgomery

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed motions to dismiss the charges brought against their client, Kandace Montgomery, that stem from a December rally at the Mall of America. Attorneys representing the other defendants who face charges also filed motions to dismiss. Montgomery is one of the 11 charged with organizing the rally and faces eight different charges. Read more.

ACLU Finds Severe Racial Disparities in Low-Level Arrests by Minneapolis Police

 The American Civil Liberties Union’s Criminal Law Reform Project and the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota released their analysis of more than 96,000 arrests made by Minneapolis police officers for low-level offenses from January 2012 through September 2014. Picking up the Pieces: Policing in America, a Minneapolis Case Study reveals that Black Minneapolitans were 8.7 times more likely than whites to be arrested for a low-level offense – any offense with a fine of $3,000 or less and/or a year or less in jail. Native Americans were 8.6 times more likely than white people to be arrested for such offenses. Read more.

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