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American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia Records - Guide to Selected Case Files: Police Practices

The ACLU of Georgia's records are housed at the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. This guide provides further description about the cases litigated by the ACLU of Georgia which are best documented in the records.


Police officers are tasked with enforcing the laws of their community and ensuring public safety. However, the power of police officers to enforce laws is coupled with their responsibility to do so in a way that does not violate the rights of individuals. Through legislative initiatives, public campaigns, and representation of individuals who claim mistreatment, the ACLU of Georgia works to hold police officers accountable and ensure that police carry out their duties in an ethical way.


Cunningham v. Atlanta, 1994-1996

General Description: Police Misconduct

Summary of the Issues Involved: The ACLU of Georgia filed suit on behalf of a plaintiff who alleged police misconduct as he attempted to aid an individual being mistreated by an officer. The case was heard in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, where a judgment and award of attorney’s fees was entered in favor of the plaintiff.