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ACLU Issues Statement on Proposal to Keep School Safety Discussions and Plans Secret

April 4, 2013

The ACLU of Rhode Island has issued a statement today in response to the consideration of legislation by the General Assembly that would amend current laws addressing school safety plans.

Court Rules that Providence Police Illegally Barred Protester from Leafleting

March 25, 2013

Ruling in an ACLU lawsuit, U.S. District Judge William Smith has held that Providence police violated the free speech rights of a local resident when she was barred from peacefully leafleting on a public sidewalk in front of a building where then-Mayor David Cicilline was speaking. In a 35-page opinion, the judge left for further proceedings the question of whether the three named police defendants, including former police chief Dean Esserman, could be held individually liable for violating Ms. Reilly’s First Amendment rights, or whether only the City itself was liable.


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