Our executive director Carol Rose visited WGBH studios to speak with Boston Public Radio hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan, and offer her commentary on the latest civil liberties headlines.
With the Boston Police Department's body camera pilot program set to begin this summer, body camera policy has been at the center of public debate. Rose noted, "Boston maybe can't take the lead with [implementing a body camera program] first because we're not but we could take the lead in terms of doing it right. So we're really pushing for a do it right approach so that Boston can set a model on how that we balance public safety and protection of privacy and civil liberties."
ACLU's case, Barthold v. Gordon College, has also made headlines recently. Our client, professor Lauren Barthold, is suing the Christian liberal arts college for retaliating against her after she wrote a public letter disagreeing with the president's anti-LGBTQ stance. Rose called Barthold "a profile in courage" and commented that the backlash was unacceptable, "especially at a college which is supposed to be a bastion of academic freedom."
The interview also addressed whether Massachusetts should raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 and the transgender anti-discrimination bill.
Click here for the full interview, beginning at 01:22:15.