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Chris Ott

Christopher Ott, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin (as of late March 2017).

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ACLU of Wisconsin Responds to Charging Decision in Fatal Shooting Of Alvin Cole
Governor and Attorney General Should Investigate Potential Crimes, Civil Rights Violations Committed By Law Enforcement During Protests
Jacob Blake Handcuffed to Hospital Bed

Jacob Blake Handcuffed to Hospital Bed

Groups call for Kenosha law enforcement leaders resignation or dismissal.

ACLU Calls for Immediate Resignation of Kenosha Police Chief and Kenosha County Sheriff for Failed Response to Attempted Murder of Jacob Blake
ACLU of Wisconsin Teams Up with Milwaukee Bucks to Increase Voting Participation, Civic Engagement in Wisconsin
ACLU of Wisconsin Calls for Stop and Frisk Compliance, Community Input In Search for Milwaukee Police Chief After Morales’ Demotion
City Hall: Milwaukee Federal Agent “Surge” Nothing New?
City Hall

Milwaukee Federal Agent “Surge” Nothing New?

Different than Portland, continues past help, Chisholm and DeSiato explain.

ACLU of Wisconsin: President Trump Should Not Deploy Troops to Milwaukee
ACLU of Wisconsin To Milwaukee Common Council: “No Weapons of War for Milwaukee Police Department”
ACLU Condemns Federal Abductions in Oregon and Reported Plans to Bring Similar Tactics to Milwaukee
ACLU of Wisconsin Comments on Proposed Tear Gas, Pepper Spray Policy Changes, Lawsuit Update in New Requirements for Police Chief Morales
ACLU of Wisconsin Criticizes Off-Duty Officer’s Assault on Photographers and Milwaukee Police Department’s Response
ACLU of Wisconsin Asks Sheboygan Police to Release Footage Of Officer-Involved Fatal Shooting To Victim’s Family
Milwaukee Fire & Police Commission Must Listen to Demands for Change, No Matter Who is in Charge
ACLU of Wisconsin Calls for Transparent Investigation into Fatal Shooting of Kevan Ruffin
ACLU of Wisconsin Comment on Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Scapegoating Immigrants Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Murphy’s Law: Are Police Overreacting to Protests?
Murphy’s Law

Are Police Overreacting to Protests?

So says ACLU, others. Others want a tougher response. What’s the proper balance?

ACLU of Wisconsin Condemns Excessive Force By Police Against Protesters
ACLU of Wisconsin Statement on Governor Evers’ Decision to Deploy National Guard to Milwaukee
Wisconsin Politicos Respond to Safer At Home Ruling

Wisconsin Politicos Respond to Safer At Home Ruling

Politicians, lobbyists and activists fall back on party line in attacking or praising decision.

ACLU of Wisconsin Calls on Elected Officials to Denounce Rise of Racist Attacks on Asian-Americans Amid COVID-19
With COVID-19 Cases Rising at Wisconsin Corrections Facilities, Data Model Shows Mass Incarceration Will Increase Death Toll By 100,000
New ACLU Report: Black People Four Times More Likely to Get Arrested for Marijuana Possession in Wisconsin
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New ACLU Report: Black People Four Times More Likely to Get Arrested for Marijuana Possession in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has 14th highest racial disparities in arrests, among 17 states where arrests for marijuana increased from 2010 to 2018

County Jails Cut Inmate Population

County Jails Cut Inmate Population

Eau Claire down by 49%. Sheriffs try to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks among inmates, staff.

ACLU Suit Calls for Elderly Inmates Release

ACLU Suit Calls for Elderly Inmates Release

State ACLU leader calls state prisons a “ticking time bomb” on COVID-19 for elderly and vulnerable.

ACLU of Wisconsin Files Lawsuit in State Supreme Court Seeking Release of Vulnerable People Amid COVID-19
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ACLU of Wisconsin Files Lawsuit in State Supreme Court Seeking Release of Vulnerable People Amid COVID-19

An outbreak of COVID-19 in Wisconsin prisons could overwhelm available hospital beds and ICU units in communities where prisons are located

Wisconsin’s Incarcerated are in Danger

Wisconsin’s Incarcerated are in Danger

Activists urge action to protect incarcerated individuals during this pandemic.

Pandemic Forces State Prisons to Adapt

Pandemic Forces State Prisons to Adapt

Evers halts admissions, DOC implements measures to minimize the risk.

ACLU of Wisconsin Commends Governor Evers for Vetoing Prison Expanding Legislation
ACLU of Wisconsin Statement on Appeals Court Ruling Blocking Attempted Voter Purge
ACLU of Wisconsin Condemns Expansion of Trump’s Travel Ban
Hundreds Rally at State Capitol to Push for Criminal Justice Reform
ACLU of Wisconsin Condemns Legislators for Doubling Down on Failed Policies that Weaken Public Safety
Lawsuit Would Take Marsy’s Law Off April Ballot

Lawsuit Would Take Marsy’s Law Off April Ballot

Advocacy groups, attorneys argue victims rights constitutional amendment leaves voters in the dark on its sweeping impact.

ACLU of Wisconsin Statement on Menomonee Falls School Board Decision to Retire Racist Mascot
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ACLU of Wisconsin Statement on Menomonee Falls School Board Decision to Retire Racist Mascot

“We are pleased with the decision by the Menomonee Falls School board to end the perpetuation of negative and damaging stereotypes about indigenous people through the use of a racist mascot.”

Op Ed: Terrorizing Immigrants Makes Us Less Safe
Op Ed

Terrorizing Immigrants Makes Us Less Safe

ACLU demands investigation of arrest of Jose De la Cruz-Espinoza by ICE and Milwaukee Police.

ACLU of Wisconsin Statement on Governor Evers Signing Anti-Protest Bill Into Law
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ACLU of Wisconsin Statement on Governor Evers Signing Anti-Protest Bill Into Law

“We are deeply disappointed by Governor Evers’ decision to sign this harmful and unnecessary legislation, despite strong opposition from environmental and civil rights advocates and Native Tribes across the state.”

ACLU of Wisconsin Calls on Menomonee Falls to Retire Racist Mascot
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ACLU of Wisconsin Calls on Menomonee Falls to Retire Racist Mascot

“Race-based mascots and imagery perpetuate damaging stereotypes and undermine the educational experience of all students,” said Chris Ott, ACLU of Wisconsin executive director.

ACLU of Wisconsin Condemns Anti-Protest Bill
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ACLU of Wisconsin Condemns Anti-Protest Bill

AB 426 seeks to silence activists with the threat of felony charges for protesting at “critical infrastructure” facilities

ACLU sues Milwaukee Police Department for unconstitutional conduct during Sherman Park demonstrations
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ACLU sues Milwaukee Police Department for unconstitutional conduct during Sherman Park demonstrations

“The Milwaukee Police Department has demonstrated its custom of using excessive force to disperse people peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights, and our clients suffered real harm as a result of that policy.”

Murphy’s Law: State Facing Endless Lawsuits?
Murphy’s Law

State Facing Endless Lawsuits?

Suits by governor, legislature, citizens coming on lame duck laws, gerrymandering.

“Not Guilty” Ruling Doesn’t Make Things Right

“Not Guilty” Ruling Doesn’t Make Things Right

Reporter Edgar Mendez reflects on his arrest and treatment by Milwaukee Police for doing his job.

ACLU Hires Maxine Webb as Development Director
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ACLU Hires Maxine Webb as Development Director

In Maxine's role as Development Director, she leads the revenue generation strategy for the statewide Annual & Major Gifts programs and represents the ACLU in the community.

ACLU Targets Anti-Panhandling Laws

ACLU Targets Anti-Panhandling Laws

Citing Supreme Court case, calls on five suburbs to repeal ordinances against panhandling.

The State of Politics: ACLU Increases Its Impact
The State of Politics

ACLU Increases Its Impact

More political activism and big boost in membership gives liberal group more clout.

Inadequate policies and practices of Wisconsin sheriffs threaten rights of immigrant communities in the state
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Inadequate policies and practices of Wisconsin sheriffs threaten rights of immigrant communities in the state

Amid growing concern over harsh measures against immigrants, ACLU outreach to all county sheriffs in Wisconsin has found few policies that meet constitutional requirements.

ACLU Showcases Photographs of the Resistance at April 20 Gallery Night
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ACLU Showcases Photographs of the Resistance at April 20 Gallery Night

The event will be held Friday, April 20, from 5 to 10 p.m. at the ACLU Milwaukee office, 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 325.

ACLU-WI Announces Voter Education Push Around Wisconsin Supreme Court Race
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ACLU-WI Announces Voter Education Push Around Wisconsin Supreme Court Race

Effort includes voter outreach by mail, phone and online

ACLU hires Milwaukee native Cassandra Bowers as Communications Director
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ACLU hires Milwaukee native Cassandra Bowers as Communications Director

Cassandra holds a master’s degree in management with a concentration in leadership diversity from Cardinal Stritch University.

Waukesha County Sheriff Applies To Have Deputies Become Part of Trump’s Immigration Force
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Waukesha County Sheriff Applies To Have Deputies Become Part of Trump’s Immigration Force

This is not the first time the Waukesha County Sheriff has sought to participate in the 287(g) program.

Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case Before the U.S. Supreme Court Tomorrow
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Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case Before the U.S. Supreme Court Tomorrow

ACLU of Wisconsin filed a friend-of-the-court brief arguing gerrymandering scheme is unconstitutional

ACLU of Wisconsin Files Lawsuit Demanding Documents on Implementation of Trump Muslim Ban
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ACLU of Wisconsin Files Lawsuit Demanding Documents on Implementation of Trump Muslim Ban

Today’s action is part of a total of 13 FOIA lawsuits filed by ACLU affiliates across the country.

ACLU of Wisconsin hires Ott as executive director
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ACLU of Wisconsin hires Ott as executive director

As statewide membership doubles, civil liberties organization brings the national experience of a Wisconsin native to its statewide office in Milwaukee.