NEW ACLU AD FAULTS LAWMAKERS FOR INTRUDING IN MISSOURIANS’ PRIVATE LIVES

With the Missouri legislature’s annual veto session only weeks away, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri (ACLU of Missouri) today released an ad that faults lawmakers for intruding in Missourians’ private lives. The ad, which can be viewed here, urges Missourians to contact their state lawmaker and oppose any effort to override the veto of House Bill 1307.

HB 1307 would make Missouri one of only three states in the country to mandate a 72-hour forced delay for a woman needing an abortion.

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ACLU REceives Heavily Redacted Incident Report

On Aug. 12, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri asked the Ferguson Police Department to release the incident report for the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown. After the request was denied, the ACLU filed a Missouri Sunshine Law suit on Aug. 15. Late Thursday afternoon, the ACLU received a heavily redacted copy of the incident report. The St. Louis County Police Department had released their redacted incident report on Wednesday.

“It’s been nearly two weeks and Ferguson is still hiding information regarding the fatal shooting of Michael Brown,” said Tony Rothert, legal director of the ACLU of Missouri. “It is long past time for the Ferguson Police Department to begin building public trust and the first step is to release a complete copy of the incident report.”