Communications Director's blog

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.

At Liberty: Friday, December 27, 2013

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court strikes down juvenile life without parole

The ACLU of Massachusetts commends the Court for recognizing the fundamental unfairness of mandatory death-in-prison sentences, which don't allow sentencers to consider the unique status of children and their potential for change.

ACLU calls for Massachusetts moratorium on controversial license plate readers

Statute laying out clear rules and oversight needed in light of revelations about program now suspended by Boston Police.

Supreme Judicial Court hears case Oct. 10 on warrantless cell phone location tracking

ACLU of Massachusetts case focuses on whether police need probable cause and a warrant to track cell phones of Commonwealth residents.