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.
the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota announced that it has reached a settlement with the Gaylord Police Department, the Sibley County Sheriff's office and others for violating the constitutional rights of Jesus Mendoza Sierra. In March of 2012, Sierra's Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated when she was arrested, detained and interrogated by law enforcement for no lawful reason. As part of the settlement, and after litigation denying the allegations, the two departments jointly paid Jesus Mendoza Sierra $40,000 and agreed to make changes in police department practices. Read more.