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.
The City of Bloomington recently filed charges against against numerous individuals who allegedly organized the Black Lives Matter Demonstration at the Mall of America on December 20. The following statement can be attributed to Charles Samuelson, Executive Director of the ACLU-MN. Read More.