1961 July 25

National Police Association Warns of ACLU’s “Subversive Activities”


The National Conference of Police Associations, meeting in Buffalo, NY, on this day attacked the ACLU for its alleged “subversive activities.” The attack was undoubtedly prompted by the fact that ACLU affiliates in New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities had persistently challenged police misconduct and had advocated civilian review of complaints against the police.

Despite its criticisms of police practices and many law suits, the ACLU defended police officers when their First Amendment and due process rights were violated In 1981, the ACLU published the The Rights of Police Officers, as part of its handbook on the Bill of Rights series.

Learn more about the ACLU and police misconduct: https://www.aclu.org/criminal-law-reform/police-practices

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