Open Government

The ACLU of Maryland believes that a government of the people and by the people must be visible to the people. We work to ensure that government is operating in a manner that is accountable, efficient, and fair. The Maryland Public Information Act, in particular, is an important tool for exposing and remedying injustice, and we vigorously enforce public records and open meetings laws. 

Recent Activity

ACLU Sues Governor Hogan For Facebook Censorship

News article, August 1, 2017

First Amendment Rights of Constituents Violated When Contrary Views Targeted for Censorship

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ACLU Files Two Lawsuits Challenging Gag Orders that 
Silence Victims of Police Abuse

News article, June 29, 2017

Lawsuits Against Baltimore City and Salisbury Police Charge Free Speech, Government Secrecy Violations

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Appeals Court Allows Wikimedia Challenge to NSA Internet Surveillance to Go Forward

News article, May 23, 2017

NSA has secretly spied on Americans' internet communications for years

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ACLU of Maryland Joins 41 Affiliates to Demand Documents on Implementation of Trump Muslim Ban

News article, April 12, 2017

Trump administration cannot ignore the public's right to know

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Regional ACLU Affiliates File FOIA on Trump's Immigration Ban

News article, February 3, 2017

FOIA Filed As Part of Coordinated National Campaign With 50 ACLU Affiliates

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Stop the Retaliation Against Black Officers Challenging Eastern Shore Race Discrimination

News article, December 16, 2016

ACLU Files Public Information Request About Prior ‘Misconduct in Office' Prosecutions

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Judge Dismisses FOP suit seeking to block Civilian Review Board

News article, November 4, 2016

Police accountability advocates filed a brief challenging the FOP

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ACLU Urges Justice Department to Investigate the Use and Impact of Face Recognition

News article, October 18, 2016

ACLU of Maryland Raises Concerns About Impact in Baltimore

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Police Secretly Put Large Part of Baltimore Under Constant Aerial Video Surveillance

News article, August 24, 2016

Technology Was Developed for U.S. Military in Iraq

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Statement After Charges Dropped Against Remaining Officers Regarding Freddie Gray

News article, July 27, 2016

It is a travesty that not one Baltimore Police officer will be held accountable by the court

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Advocates Call on Mayor and Police Commissioner to Remove Barriers to Police Accountability

News article, July 21, 2016

Civilian oversight and transparency in police discipline needed

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ACLU Challenges Baltimore Police Union’s Attempt to Block Work of Civilian Review Board

News article, July 14, 2016

Brief urges Court to dismiss FOP case as frivolous and contrary to improving police-community relations

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EEOC finds "reasonable cause" to believe Pocomoke race discrimination plaintiffs

News article, June 2, 2016

Plantiffs refute baseless attempt to excuse discrimination

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Talbot Co violated open meetings law in vote to retain Confederate statue

News article, May 9, 2016

Closed-door meeting and vote violated state law

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ACLU, NAACP Challenge Secret Vote to Keep Confederate Statue in Talbot

News article, February 16, 2016

County council held closed meeting vote about "Talbot Boys" monument on courthouse lawn.

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ACLU Files 2nd Open Meeting Complaint Against Pocomoke

News article, August 20, 2015

Officials Face Accusations of Racial Bias in Firing of Police Chief

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ACLU Files Open Meetings Complaint Against Pocomoke City

News article, July 31, 2015

The Real News Network, other media blocked from public town meeting on racial bias concerns with police chief firing

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ACLU Statement on Teleta Dashiell Opinion from the Court of Appeals

News article, June 25, 2015

ACLU Statement on Teleta Dashiell Opinion from the Court of Appeals

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Ruling Upholds Right of Individuals Targeted as "Enemies" by Leopold to Seek Justice

News article, May 29, 2015

Decision reinforces state's public information law

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Maryland High Court to Hear Police Accountability Case

News article, May 11, 2015

State Police refused to provide information regarding complaint in racial slur incident

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ACLU Statement on Death of Freddie Gray in Police Custody

News article, April 21, 2015

Read briefing paper on police-involved killings

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ACLU Briefing Paper Finds At Least 109 Police-Involved Killings Since 2010

News article, March 18, 2015

Victims from Counties Across Maryland

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ACLU Asks High Court to Uphold Transparency in Police Misconduct Investigations

News article, March 17, 2015

Case Involves Racial Slur Left on Eastern Shore Woman’s Cell Phone

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Maryland Coalition for Justice and Equality to hold Press Conference

News article, February 26, 2015

Groups support police accountability and reform bills

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Judge Awards Full Attorneys Fees in Racial Profiling Case

News article, December 23, 2014

Ruling upholds value of using public information law to hold government accountable

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Maryland High Court Agrees to Hear Police Accountability Case

News article, December 11, 2014

Court to review case concerning access to information about citizen complaints of police misconduct

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Appeals Court Reinstates ACLU Challenge to State Police Secrecy in Racial Slur Case

News article, October 10, 2014

Police cannot refuse to let the public see records about how they are policing themselves

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ACLU of Maryland Executive Director to be Inducted into Maryland Women's Hall of Fame

News article, March 20, 2014

Ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis

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ACLU of Maryland Announces 2014 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 8, 2014

Issues include taxing and regulating marijuana, stopping local police from enforcing civil immigration detainers, limiting email and cell phone surveillance, and ending the shackling of pregnant women.

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Illegality of "stop and frisk" practice by police not addressed by name change

News article, September 24, 2013

ACLU public information request seeks answers about Baltimore Police stops and searches without reasonable suspicion.

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ACLU Releases License Plate Scanner Documents

News article, July 17, 2013

Maryland Documents Show Over 85 Million Scan Records in 2012

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ACLU Seeks to Add Former Anne Arundel Police Chief Teare as Defendant in "Enemies List" Lawsuit

News article, April 30, 2013

Audio Tapes Released by the County Reveal Teare's Involvement, Compilation of Dossier on Karla Hamner

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ACLU of Maryland Statement Regarding Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold's Criminal Conviction for Misconduct in Office

News article, January 30, 2013

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High Court Rejects Maryland State Police Effort to Block Disclosure of Records on Racial Profiling Complaints

News article, January 24, 2013

MSP must turn over records pertaining to racial profiling complaints under the state's public information law

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ACLU Lawsuit Challenges, Demands Full Accounting of Leopold's "Enemies List"

News article, December 12, 2012

Group Represents 11 Individuals Targeted in Dossiers and Illegal Criminal Database Searches

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Court Hearing in Maryland State Police Racial Slur Case

News article, October 3, 2012

ACLU of Maryland is asking the Court of Special Appeals to overturn a lower court ruling permitting the department to shield all records of complaint investigations from public scrutiny.

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I'VE ASKED FOR MY DATA - WHAT ABOUT YOU?

News article, August 3, 2012

Today at the ACLU of Maryland, we are taking our data back and we want you to join us.

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Automatic License Plate Readers

Legal case, July 30, 2012

ACLU Seeks Details on Automatic License Plate Readers in 
 Massive Nationwide Request

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ACLU Seeks Details on Automatic License Plate Readers in 
 Massive Nationwide Request

News article, July 30, 2012

Info Sought on How Cameras are Used by 
Police Agencies and How Data is Stored

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Leopold Employees Improperly Accessed Data

News article, June 5, 2012

Criminal History Databases Were Accessed to Gather “Enemies” Information

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ACLU Appeals Ruling In State Police Racial Slur Case

News article, May 24, 2012

Public Has a Right to Know about Handling of Citizen Complaints, Group Says

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ACLU Condemns Chief's Silence, Demands Criminal History Logs Related to Leopold's "Enemies List"

News article, March 28, 2012

Group Also Files New Info Requests with County for Annapolis Mayor, Delegate Dwyer, and More

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ACLU Speaks Out on AA County Police Chief Teare's Refusal to Testify

News article, March 22, 2012

The Council and voters have a right to know

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ACLU Calls for State Audit of Crime Database Use in Anne Arundel County

News article, March 20, 2012

Group wants to know if information in the database was inappropriately accessed and disseminated

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Leopold "Dossiers" Reveal Illegal Political Opposition Research, Potentially Illegal Use of State Crime Database

News article, March 15, 2012

ACLU to File Additional Information Requests on Behalf of Other Potential Victims

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ACLU Files Information Request Demanding Leopold "Enemies List"

News article, March 7, 2012

Group Asserts Police Actions May Violate New "No Spying" Law

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Anne Arundel County Executive Leopold's "Enemies List"

Legal case, March 7, 2012

ACLU files public information requests, demands full investigation after County Executive is indicted.

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2012 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 11, 2012

Issues Include Marriage Equality, Criminal Justice Reform, Social Media Privacy

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State Police Heavily Redacted Spy Files Show No Illegal Activity by Activists

News article, November 19, 2010

Spying Also Revealed to Occur Over Longer Time Period

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Leaders of CCAN Wrongfully Named As Terrorists, Tracked in Maryland State Police Criminal Database

News article, October 23, 2010

Md. Environmental Groups Join Call for Justice and Reform

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ACLU Defends Rights of Innocent People Named as Terrorists t

News article, October 9, 2010

Governor Asked to Allow them to Copy Files and Benefit from Counsel

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ACLU Rebuts State Police Attempt to Duck Political Spying Inquiry

News article, August 25, 2010

There are strong indications that MSP may be withholding other documents relevant to surveillance of peaceful activists

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ACLU Commends Governor for Appointing Former AG Sachs to Investigate MSP Spying

News article, July 31, 2010

Mr. Sachs has long been a respected voice for the Bill of Rights

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ACLU Lawsuit Uncovers State Police Spying on Activists

News article, July 17, 2010

Targets are Peace and Anti-Death Penalty Groups

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ACLU Files Lawsuit to Obtain Information Related to Government Spying on Peace Groups

News article, June 12, 2010

Concerned that the MSP are hiding information related to surveillance of local peace activists and groups

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Dashiell v MSP: ACLU seeks public information about police racial slur complaint

Legal case, March 2, 2010

Maryland High Court Agrees to Hear Police Accountability Case

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Bill to Ban Police Spying on Peaceful Activists Introduced Today by Legislative Leaders

News article, January 22, 2010

Bill will codify the recommendation of the Sachs Report

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Racial Disparities in Somerset County Employment

Legal case, May 17, 2009

ACLU released report, help organize task force to produce recommendations for reform

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Maryland State Police Spying on Peaceful Political Protest Groups

Legal case, June 12, 2008

Between March 2005 and May 2006, the Maryland State Police's Homeland Security and Intelligence Bureau undertook a campaign of infiltrating and monitoring peaceful political protest groups (from across the political spectrum) in Maryland, and falsely labeled activists in those groups as terrorists in state criminal intelligence databases.

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