D.C. residents deserve full representation in our national government. Also, in granting Statehood through an act of Congress, S. 51 is a valid and defensible exercise of congressional power. It is beyond time to give D.C. the true autonomy and self-governance that comes with statehood.
The ACLU-DC urges the Council to enact reforms that give OPC greater oversight of police practices in line with the recommendations of the Police Reform Commission, and allocate District dollars in the FY22 budget to ensure OPC can deliver on this expanded mandate.
ACLU-DC Testifies before the D.C. Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety Budget Oversight Hearing on MPD and ONSE
The testimony addresses the ACLU-DC's concerns and recommendations for the District’s FY22 budgets for the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE).
ACLU-DC Testifies before the D.C. Council Committee at the Budget Oversight Hearing for D.C. Public Schools
This testimony highlights the ACLU-DC's support for the recommendations made by the D.C. Police Reform Commission to dismantle the school policing infrastructure and reduce interactions between youth and law enforcement.
ACLU-DC Testimony before the DC Council Committee on the Recommendations of the D.C. Police Reform Commission
This testimony includes some recommendations of the report that the ACLU-DC views as critical to restricting harmful police practices and holding police accountable to the law and to the communities they serve.
ACLU-DC Testimony before the D.C. Council Committee on the Bias in Threat Assessments Evaluation Amendment Act and Law Enforcement Vehicular Pursuit Reform Act
The ACLU-DC provides suggestions about Bill 24-213, which prohibits D.C. law enforcement officers from engaging in vehicular pursuits of an individual operating a motor vehicle, and Bill 24-94, which would require the Attorney General to study MPD's biased policing during threat assessment.