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John Merrill Sued Over Twitter Blocking

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama filed a lawsuit today on behalf of three Alabama citizens challenging Secretary of State John Merrill for blocking them on Twitter, claiming that as an elected government official, Merrill’s actions violate the First Amendment.

September 19, 2018 First Amendment Rights

ACLU-AL comment on Officer Aaron Smith's immunity hearing

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- In 2016, white police officer Aaron Smith shot and killed Greg Gunn, an unarmed Black man walking home from work in Montgomery. Today, Smith tried to plead for immunity based on self-defense using Alabama's stand-your-ground laws, but was denied by the judge.

July 26, 2018 Racial Justice

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