Police have the vital and difficult job of protecting public safety. Performing this job effectively does not require sacrificing civil liberties. All Pennsylvania police agencies -- from the state patrol to city police forces -- need to respect the rights of individuals while enforcing the law. And when allegations of misconduct arise, there must be policies and mechanisms to hold police accountable for their actions.
The 2003 video produced by the ACLU-PA Greater Pittsburgh Chapter with Nommo Productions, Pull Over... What to Do will be posted here shortly, and will also be available on our YouTube channel.
- Briggs v. Borough of Norristown, et al. (Township forcing landlords to evict tenants for requesting police assistance)
- Montgomery v. City of Philadelphia, et al. (Philadelphia police arrest and charge man for recording an arrest)
- Davila v. Northern Regional Police Department, et al. (US citizen illegally held overnight by ICE)
- Foster, et al. v. City of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Bureau of Police has discriminatory hiring practices)
- Rizer v. Lukart (Man arrested for recording police officer)
- Fiorino v. City of Philadelphia, et al. (Gun rights advocate retaliated against by Philadelphia police)
- Piper v. City of Pittsburgh, et al. (Bystander suffered permanent hearing loss after Pittsburgh police used a Long Range Acoustic Device against G-20 protesters in 2009)
- Galarza v. Szalczyk, et al. (US citizen mistakenly imprisoned by ICE)
- Bailey, et al. v. City of Philadelphia, et al. (Philadelphia police engaged in racial profiling)
- Walters v. Zubris (Man arrested for swearing at a police officer)
- Scarpa v. Pawlowski, et al (Woman charged with disorderly conduct for swearing)
- Matheny v. Allegheny County, et al. (Pittsburgh man arrested for recording police in public)
- Hookway v. East Vincent Township and Borough of Spring City (Man cited for videotaping police)
- Commonwealth v. Herb (Woman cited with disorderly conduct for swearing in her own home)