Monday, March 12, 2012

We're sharing testimony on racial profiling, video recording of police

There has been a lot of anticipation ahead of today's Judiciary Committee public hearing at the Legislative Office Building, Room 2C.

Grassroots groups and the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, ACLU, have been organizing around bills related to civil rights. Of particular interest today are Senate Bill 245, "An Act Concerning the Recording of Police Activity by the Public"; and Senate Bill 364, "An Act Concerning Traffic Stop Information."

Senate Bill 245 would codify the right of citizens to videotape police activity without the threat of an interference charge. Click headlines below to read the proposed bill and submitted testimonies from many points of view.

Senate Bill 364 would address data collection during traffic stops and require police departments to adopt a written policy that "prohibits the stopping, detention or search of any person when such action is solely motivated by considerations of race, color, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation." Again, click the headlines to read the bill language and people's testimony.

Ed and I will be sharing updates on the discussion during the Judiciary Committee hearing via our "Your Open Newsroom" page on Facebook and our @nhrvoices Twitter handle. If you follow hashtags, look for: #ctleg, #sunshineweek and #ctfoia.

If you are testifying and we do not yet have a copy of the comments you will share, please email a copy to us at

Our sharing of the testimony submitted to the Judiciary Committee is one way we are celebrating Sunshine Week, a time that journalists and organizations dedicated to transparency annually highlight your rights to access public records and promote dialogue on open government.

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Blogger justusagainstu said...

Something needs to be done, law enforcement has become a gang in and of itself. They don't answer FOIA's, they refuse to uphold the law and it seems they use their position to influence anything and everything. The Judicial System is a failure driven by financial gain, not by true justice. My problems with the Meriden PD persist and they pretty much are left to run wild as the City Attorney Michael Quinn won't address their many corruption charges. Even the officers themselves are suing their department for corruption. That says it all! View my Youtube channel at "itwerkspro". Even small children are left to a system seeking federal funds, not a child's best interest.

March 12, 2012 at 10:59 AM 
Blogger Your Open Newsroom said...

Thank you 'justusagainstu' for reading this and posting a comment. Have you testified before the legislature or filed a complaint with CHRO?

March 12, 2012 at 2:12 PM 

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