The Excessive Militarization of American Policing

Across the country, heavily armed Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams are forcing their way into people’s homes in the middle of the night, often deploying explosive devices such as flashbang grenades to temporarily blind and deafen residents, simply to serve a search warrant on the suspicion that someone may be in possession of a small amount of drugs.

Neighborhoods are not war zones, and our police officers should not be treating us like wartime enemies. The ACLU encountered this type of story over and over when studying the militarization of state and local law enforcement agencies. Read the ACLU's report on policing in the United States: War Comes Home.

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2+2 = 5?

The South Carolina State Board of Education is considering a "compromise" amendment to the science standards that is essentially an evolution disclaimer.

Spreading misinformation isn't compromise, it's capitulation.

If a group of people wanted to teach 2+2=6, we wouldn't compromise by teaching that 2+2=5.

Undermining evolution by denying its validity will leave South Carolina students ill-prepared for college and for scientific careers. And, more importantly, it violates the First Amendment.

Read the full blog

Read ACLU of SC's letter to the Board of Education

children, families and immigration

There are children in cages along the U.S.-Mexico border right now. And more are showing up every day. Most of these kids ­– some as young as four – are from Guatemala, El Salvador, and the "murder capital" of the the world, Honduras. Many are fleeing rampant drug, gang, and sexual violence in these countries. Some don't survive the long and perilous journey. Others fall into the hands of traffickers, where they can be robbed, raped, kidnapped, abused, or abandoned.

Under our laws, we do not turn away unaccompanied kids who come here fleeing violence. The Constitution is not expendable. Its principles define us as a nation. We must stay true to them.

Read more about the plight of these children and the laws that should protect them


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