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TRI In The News

As an organization at the forefront of the civil liberties and human rights issues of the day, The Rutherford Institute often garners a great deal of attention. In this section, you can find various media treatments of The Rutherford Institute’s work, including news articles and commentaries.

Recent Articles

December 16, 2018

Citing a “pat-down” by Transportation Security Administration officials that effectively was an assault on a 13-year-old girl that left her in tears, officials with the Rutherford Institute have written the TSA asking officials to change their procedures. “No American should be subjected to a virtual strip search or excessive groping of the body, or have their underage children touched intimately by strangers as a matter of course in boarding an airplane when there is no suspicion of wrongdoing,” said constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “In both word and deed, the TSA operates as if members of the public and their children have no rights and no defense against the agency and its employees even if an agent assaults them, wrongfully detains them, or fabricates criminal charges against them. However, parents do not forfeit their rights when they travel by air with their children.”

November 05, 2018

A Virginia-based nonprofit that provides legal services in defense of civil liberties named the city of Muskogee and five current or former police officers in a federal lawsuit alleging excessive force and deprivation of rights. Lawyers for The Rutherford Institute filed the complaint on behalf of Jeriel Edwards, whom they allege was subjected to "excessive force and brutality" despite his compliance with police. Lawyers representing Edwards allege police threw their client to the ground, used a Taser and chokehold to subdue him, rendering him unconscious to the point of requiring hospitalization.

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