The past four years have been a horrifying look into what can happen when we elect leaders who have nothing but animus towards people who are part of our families, communities, and this country.
Police violence is, of course, nothing new. But with the advent of cell phone cameras and social media, horrifying incidents of police violence have never been more accessible to the public.
Once it became clear that the COVID-19 pandemic was a public health crisis in the United States in early March, our work quickly pivoted to decarceration efforts to prevent Pennsylvania jails and prisons from becoming COVID hotspots.
The following statement can be attributed to Vic Walczak, legal director at ACLU of Pennsylvania:
By all rational measurements, the 2020 election was a success. Voters turned out in numbers not seen in 100 years. They did their part and had their say, despite efforts by powerful people to make voting more difficult – efforts that were aimed particularly at people of color.
A federal court freed 22 medically vulnerable people from immigration detention. Now ICE might detain them again.
ICE’s cruelty knows no bounds: they refused to agree to even this short respite for our medically-vulnerable clients. So we were forced to seek emergency relief from the court.