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Ted S. Warren / AP

Earlier this month, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 82 people in northern Virginia, Maryland and D.C. over a five-day period, and the agency appears to be pushing for more assistance from local police and sheriffs.  The American Civil Liberties Union is pushing back – insisting cities and counties have no right or obligation to help.

Virginia Transgender Teen's Case Will Go to Supreme Court

Oct 31, 2016
Steve Helber / AP

 

A transgender teen from Virginia will be fighting to use the bathroom of his choice in front of the Supreme Court. 

 

Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old from Gloucester County, was barred from using the boy’s restroom at his high school because he was born female. 

Federal judges stepped in, saying Grimm should be able to use the bathroom of his choice. But the school board appealed that decision, and the Supreme Court announced Friday they will hear the case.

A Virginia legal battle about the use of bathrooms by transgender students had its day in federal court Wednesday.  A three judge panel in Richmond found itself grappling with the very definition of gender.

At the heart of this case is a 16-year-old guy named Gavin Grimm. 

"So I can say I did not set out to make waves, I set out to use the bathroom, and it's scary and it's... not easy..." 

The ACLU is Concerned About Police Body Cameras

Oct 27, 2015
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About one of every six police departments is using body cameras to record the conduct of officers when they interact with the public, but more are joining the ranks now that federal funds are available to buy equipment.  

In Richmond, the American Civil Liberties Union warns that guidelines for the use of body cameras are critical.  Here’s director of the Virginia chapter - Claire Guthrie Gastenaga

“You know Virginia is all over the map.  I mean the situation -- the word we use is chaotic.”