State lawmakers include Password Protection Act in budget package

ACLU-backed proposal now under consideration would protect social media from snooping employers.

Westfield Mayor accepts federal court ruling that he violated opponents' First Amendment rights

Property owner and politicians sued Mayor Daniel Knapik for ordering campaign signs removed just before municipal elections decided by fewer than 30 votes. Parties agree Knapik to pay $53,000 for attorneys fees.

ACLU sues for documents on Massachusetts participation in federal investigations, including Todashev killing

FBI and U.S. Attorney Ortiz failed to respond to public records requests on secretive “Joint Terrorism Task Forces”

Jury awards $15,000 to Wakeelah Cocroft in wrongful arrest suit against Worcester police officer

Case stemmed from 2007 incident in which Worcester Police Officer Jeremy Smith pulled over a car and improperly arrested a passenger, Wakeelah Cocroft, who had spoken up about his abusive conduct.

ACLU of Massachusetts and ACLU of Florida call for public transparency on FBI shooting death

Unbroken FBI track record of clearing its agents who use deadly force leads to renewed calls for openness and accountability, especially regarding role of Massachusetts state troopers.