August 8, 2008
As soon as the ACLU of Arkansas learned that the Mayor of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas had ordered an adult curfew instated—for the second time, and allegedly due to a high crime rate—the ACLU fired off a letter to Mayor J. F. Valley demanding that the unconstitutional curfew be rescinded immediately. The letter was copied to the mayor's brother, City Attorney Andre Valley.
"Imposing house arrest and suspending the Fourth Amendment for law-abiding people is only going to cause more problems for this city," said ACLU of Arkansas staff attorney Holly Dickson. "They need to work with the community to get this resolved instead of treating all of their citizens like criminals."