1981 October 25

ACLU Issues Handbook on “The Rights of Police Officers”


The ACLU was prominently active in challenging police misconduct—and was often attacked by the police as a result. The ACLU also recognized that police officers have constitutional rights, particularly with regard to First Amendment and due process issues. The New York Civil Liberties Union, in fact, criticized the techniques used by investigators examining police corruption in New York City on October 22, 1971. Thus, as part of its Rights Handbook series, the ACLU published a handbook: The Rights of Police Officers.

For one of the standard police attacks on the ACLU, see October 13, 1970.

Outdated, but still useful: Gilda Brancato and Elliot E. Polebaum, The Rights of Police Officers (1981)

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