Iberville Parish leaders make flag burning illegal, ACLU says it's unconstitutional
Posted on 10/18/2017 10:17:00 AM.

The Iberville Parish Council has made it illegal to burn a flag. Council Chairman Matt Jewell says the move is in response to an Ohio incident when a flag was burned causing consternation among war veterans there. Though there has not been any incidents in Iberville Parish, he and others want to make sure it doesn't offend Veteran’s there…
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Parkway High says student athletes could be kicked off team kneeling during national anthem
Posted on 9/28/2017 5:07:00 PM.

Parkway High School in Bossier Parish has told students that any school athlete that kneels or disrespects the flag during the national anthem could be kicked off the team. Executive Director of the ACLU of Louisiana Marjorie Esman says the laws of our country do not allow the schools to prohibit students from peacefully protesting in this manner.
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ACLU of LA sends letter to LSP after man cited for flipping off trooper
Posted on 8/16/2017 4:27:00 AM.

The ACLU of Louisiana has sent a letter to Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Kevin Reeves after a man was ticketed for flipping off a state trooper on I-20 near Rayville. Executive Director Marjorie Esman says the man was charged with felony public intimidation.
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Louisiana ACLU files suit over alleged deleted photo by police officer
Posted on 3/29/2017 6:16:00 PM.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of a Lafayette mother who allegedly had a photo deleted from her phone by a police officer.
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Grant Parish defends nativity scene in front of courthouse amid complaints from ACLU
Posted on 12/21/2016 4:51:00 PM.

The ACLU of Louisiana has sent a letter to the Grant Parish Police Jury in regards to a nativity scene set up in front of the parish courthouse. Executive Director Marjorie Esman says the display only caters to one faith.
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ACLU of Louisiana suing Slidell to block panhandling permit requirement
Posted on 12/20/2016 11:56:00 AM.

The ACLU of Louisiana is suing the City of Slidell to block a panhandling permit requirement. Executive Director Marjorie Esman says Slidell residents have to register with police to engage in their First Amendment right to ask others for money.
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BR council approves $100k settlement with protesters
Posted on 11/23/2016 11:41:00 AM.

Baton Rouge has settled with protesters who were arrested during protests that erupted after the death of Alton Sterling. The $100,000 settlement will award $230 to each of the 92 plaintiffs with the rest of the money going towards legal fees.
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Despite apology, ACLU still looking into alleged strip search of students at Caldwell High
Posted on 10/19/2016 12:56:00 PM.

The ACLU of Louisiana is working together with parents after multiple students said they were strip searched at Caldwell Parish High School to find a student’s missing 42 dollars.
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UPDATE: NOPD says man wrongfully charged with violating Blue Lives Matter law
Posted on 9/8/2016 1:16:00 PM.

A statement from the New Orleans Police Department says a man was wrongfully charged with a hate crime under the Blue Lives Matter law that went into effect just over a month ago. Police say 28-year-old Raul Delatoba was being booked on unrelated charges, when he used sexist and racial slurs against the arresting officers.
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ACLU takes legal action for man denied benefits after his husband's death
Posted on 8/3/2016 4:33:00 AM.

A Louisiana man is fighting to receive survivor benefits after his husband died. Marjorie Esman with the ACLU of Louisiana says William Conley passed away in February of 2015, and his husband Gerald Beem has been trying to get social security benefits ever since.
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