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Hogan, ACLU reach settlement on social media protocol

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and state Board of Public Works have agreed to a settlement on how Gov. Larry Hogan can use social media after the civil rights group sued the governor’s office to argue Hogan had suppressed free speech by deleting Facebook posts that disagreed with his views.

Judge Tosses Out ACLU’s Lawsuit Against Baltimore Police Over Gag Orders in Brutality Cases

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A judge today tersely dismissed a First Amendment case brought against the City of Baltimore by the ACLU of Maryland over gag orders for police brutality accusers.

Baltimoreans Join in Solidarity at David Simon’s ‘City of Immigrants’ Rally-Fundraiser

“The Wire” creator holds up images of his late relatives at the podium in Beth Am Synagogue.

An array of local celebrities, public officials, religious leaders, attorneys, prominent activists and others touched the hearts of around 1,000 people who packed into Beth Am Synagogue in Reservoir Hill on Monday for an evening of solidarity with immigrants.

ACLU Gets FBI to Release Secret Footage of Freddie Gray Protests



While protesters were flooding the streets last spring, the FBI flew 10 secret surveillance flights over the city.

Baltimore Police Department Amends “Use of Force” Policy in Favor of De-Escalation



Patrick Woolley is an experienced criminal and DUI defense attorney in Virginia, practicing primarily in Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, and Culpeper Counties.

Following the death of Freddie Gray from injuries suffered in Baltimore Police custody in 2015, it seems that federal and local authorities have begun to heed the call for the fight against police brutality.

Maryland Reconsiders Ban on Letters to Inmates



Last month, Maryland proposed banning all mail to inmates, apart from official legal correspondence and postcards.

City Reverses Citation Ordering Man to Remove ‘Black Lives Matter’ Messages From His House

Whitehurst's house (via ACLU)
Whitehurst’s house (via ACLU)

The city ordered a Baltimore man to remove political messages that he spraypainted on the side of his house. But after intervention from the ACLU, Maurice Whitehurst was allowed to leave the messages, which included “Black Lives Matter.”

Major Overhaul Coming to Baltimore Jail



This week, the ACLU and other civil liberties groups reached a settlement with the state of Maryland that will lead to major improvements at the scandal-plagued Baltimore City Detention Center.

ACLU: Baltimore County Animal Shelter Pic Policy Muzzles Criticism

photo via ACLU
photo via ACLU

Cute pet pics may fill up Facebook walls, but the images aren’t allowed at the Baltimore County Animal Shelter (BCAS). Joining a group of current and former members who have raised concerns about animal welfare practices at the shelter, the American Civil Liberties Union alleged Thursday that the shelter’s “No Photography” police is a violation of the First Amendment.

Marylanders Love Marijuana

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Image via hemp.org

Eighteen states have already passed laws okaying medical marijuana, and two more — Colorado and Washington — have effectively legalizing the possession of small amounts of the drug. A recent poll (paid for by the ACLU but conducted by the non-partisan Public Policy Polling) showed that 72 percent of Marylanders support medical marijuana, and 53 percent are in favor of outright legalization (within limits). So did PPP just happen to call up a bunch of potheads, or is Maryland poised to be the next Amsterdam?

ACLU, Department of Justice Urge Maryland Law Enforcement to Draft Clearer Policies on the Public’s Right to Record


A Howard County man claims that in 2010 police deleted images off of his cellphone that depicted the officers “roughing up” a friend of his at Preakness. As the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland continues to advocate for this man, the group is urging law enforcement agencies across the state to draft clear-cut policies that define a bystander’s right to record officers’ activities.