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Des Moines Police Last Night Must be Held Accountable

Below is a statement that can be attributed to Rita Bettis Austen, ACLU of Iowa Legal Director.

It is regarding excessive force used on protestors in Des Moines last night, after the Des Moines City Council voted to approve reforms on police bias:

June 23, 2020

Iowa Legislature Fails to Pass HJR 14

The ACLU of Iowa issued the following statement after the Iowa Legislature adjourned and failed to pass HJR 14, a proposed constitutional amendment to restore voting eligibility to Iowans with a felony conviction in their background.

June 14, 2020