It was a short, 10-week session marked by partisan gridlock and election year posturing. Few bills actually became law, but the ACLU-MN remained vigilant, weighing in on a number of contentious civil liberty issues. Here is an overview of civil liberties-related activity at the Minnesota Capitol in 2016..Read more.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed a lawsuit today against the City of St. Anthony Village, Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to force the release of all squad camera video(s) documenting the police killing of Philando Castile. St. Anthony Village police shot and killed Philando Castile, an African American man, in July 2016. The ACLU-MN argues in its complaint that the public has a right to access this footage and the Defendants' refusal to release it violates the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. Read more.