As part of our work in the defense of civil liberties, the ACLU of Nebraska issues reports, position papers, booklets and advocacy materials that study and note developments in civil liberties. Below is a listing of some of our publications organized by issue.
Police abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws has shaken our nation’s conscience. Civil forfeiture allows police to seize — and then keep or sell — any property they suspect may be involved in a crime. Owners need not ever be arrested or convicted of a crime for their cash, cars, or even real estate to be taken away permanently by the government.October 20, 2015 Police Practices Smart Justice
Nebraska began collecting racial profiling data in 2002. In 2012, the Nebraska Legislature renewed the law that mandated the data collection and expanded the Nebraska Crime Commission's authority to act on the data from local agencies.August 26, 2014 Police Practices
Every year since Nebraska began collecting racial profiling data in 2002, the data has shown there is a problem. This graphic summarizes some of the most disturbing findings from the 2013 data provided by law enforcement agencies around the state.August 26, 2014 Police Practices
Tasers release 50,000 volts of electricity that jolt the body's central nervous system. While often classified as a "less-lethal" weapon, Amnesty International reports that there have been over 540 Taser-related deaths in the United States in the past thirteen years.August 19, 2014 Police Practices
After receiving many individual reports of intimidation or difficulty making a complaint to a local law enforcement agency, the ACLU of Nebraska investigated the practices of the 31 largest law enforcement agencies in Nebraska.August 12, 2014 Police Practices