ACLU of Ohio

ACLU Sues Cleveland Over Its Panhandling Laws

Feb 28, 2017
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ACLU of Ohio

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is suing the city of Cleveland in federal court over its panhandling ordinances. The group says the laws are unconstitutional because they single out one type of free speech, which is asking for money.

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A group representing crime victims in Ohio says more needs to be done to ensure families who suffer from crime are treated fairly. This group wants Ohio voters to amend the constitution to ensure equal rights for crime victims. Five other states have passed such issues.

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Donald Trump has called for his supporters be on the lookout for voter fraud at polling locations.

But people who want to volunteer in Ohio as election observers must be certified by their county’s board of elections. And they are not allowed to record, persuade, challenge or otherwise engage with voters.

Mike Brickner from the ACLU of Ohio says observers are given official credentials to present each time they enter a precinct.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is urging the state to not share a database used by law enforcement. 

The database includes driver’s license photographs, mug shots and corrections photos. The ACLU’s Gary Daniels is concerned the state will share those pictures with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“This information about all of us could potentially be abused.”

Daniels fears the FBI would use these photographs to spy on innocent Ohioans.

ACLU sues Cleveland Over RNC Protest Rules

Jun 14, 2016
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ACLU of Ohio

The ACLU of Ohio is suing the city of Cleveland over regulations for protests during next month's Republican National Convention.  

ACLU of Ohio Executive Director Christine Link says one of the suits calls for the city to reduce the size of the so called “Event Zone” which covers more than 3-square miles of downtown. Link says people within the zone, particularly the homeless, would be restricted from carrying items such as sleeping bags, canned food and coolers.