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Johnson v. City of Omaha

Members of an Omaha family filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that excessive force and a warrantless search and seizure were used in response to a parking incident in March 2013.

January 6, 2014 Police Practices

Slate v. Lincoln Police Department

The ACLU of Nebraska and the Media Freedom Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School filed a lawsuit on behalf of journalist Emily Bazelon and web-based magazine Slate, alleging that the Lincoln Police Department failed to comply with Nebraska’s Public Records Act.

December 23, 2013 Open Government Police Practices

Stewart and Stewart v. Heineman

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Nebraska, and the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP have filed a lawsuit in state court on behalf of three couples seeking to strike down a state policy that bans gay and lesbian individuals and couples from serving as foster parents.

August 27, 2013 LGBT Rights

Hernandez v. Ricketts

This lawsuit challenged a decision by former Nebraska Governor David Heineman to deny access to driver's licenses to young people who have been authorized to remain lawfully in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

June 10, 2013 Immigrants' Rights

Mendoza v U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska filed suit in federal court on behalf of Ramon Mendoza alleging that Sarpy County unjustifiably and illegally imprisoned a Nebraska resident for four days simply because local law enforcement officials suspected that the man was here in violation of

February 28, 2013 Immigrants' Rights

Omair v. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

The ACLU of Nebraska and attorneys Ronald Reagan and Richard Whitworth filed suit in the District Court of Douglas County on behalf of a Middle Eastern man who was pulled over and searched by members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s office.

August 17, 2010 Police Practices