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Feds Launch Use-of-Force Probe of Cleveland Police

March 14, 2013
The U.S. Department of Justice opened an investigation to determine whether Cleveland police use excessive force and evaluate the department's training, supervision, and accountability mechanisms.

Former Texas Cop Punched Handcuffed Subject

March 8, 2013
A former Laredo (Texas) Police officer pleaded guilty today to violating the civil rights of an arrestee, when he struck a suspect he had handcuffed in the back of a patrol car.

Ala. Chief Apologizes to Civil Rights Leader

March 5, 2013
U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said he was moved to tears Saturday after Montgomery (Ala.) Police Chief Kevin Murphy presented the badge off of his uniform along with an apology to Lewis and other Freedom Riders for police officers' failure to act during a 1961 attack.

Judge Lets NYPD Resume Stop-and-Frisks

January 22, 2013
A federal judge is allowing the New York Police Department to temporarily resume some controversial Bronx residential trespass stops.

Judge Limits NYPD's Stop and Frisks In the Bronx

January 8, 2013
A federal judge in Manhattan ruled on Tuesday that the New York Police Department's practice of stopping people suspected of trespassing outside private buildings in the Bronx was unconstitutional.

Video: NYPD Cop Calls Teen 'F**king Mutt' During Stop-and-Frisk

October 11, 2012
An NYPD officer told a 16-year-old student he stopped him because he was "a f**king mutt" in audio captured by the teen and included in a report from The Nation criticizing the agency's stop-and-frisk policy.

Video: N.J. Paraplegic Sues Cops Over OIS

August 2, 2012
A New Jersey teenager who fired blanks to stop an assault by gang members claims he was shot three times by responding undercover officers who shot him in the back.

Ga. Chief Convicted of Abusing Detainee

August 2, 2012
A federal jury convicted a former Georgia police chief Thursday of abusing a pre-trial detainee. The 54-year-old Walter Young, the former chief of the Omega Police Department, now faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Video: FBI Enhances Video In Evidence-Planting Claim

July 31, 2012
The FBI agreed Monday to enhance patrol-car video footage from a 2009 arrest involving a man who accused two El Paso (Texas) Police officers of planting cocaine on him.

SCOTUS Won't Review Police TASER Use

May 29, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to consider the cases of two women who claimed officers violated their civil rights when they used TASERs on them. The justices rejected the two appeals from the Ninth Circuit Court at a May 24 conference.

DOJ Sues Sheriff Arpaio for Discrimination

May 10, 2012
The Department of Justice filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Thursday, setting up an election-year court battle between "America's Toughest Sheriff" and the Obama Administration.

Arpaio Rejects Monitor, DOJ Threatens Court Battle

April 4, 2012
Sheriff Joe Arpaio flatly rejected the U.S. Department of Justice's demand for an independent monitor of his operations, triggering a likely federal court fight with the Obama Administration during an election year.

Ga. Chief Indicted for Assaulting Detainee

March 19, 2012
A grand jury in Macon, Ga., has indicted Omega Police Chief Walter Young for physically abusing a man in custody, the Department of Justice has announced.

Feds: Excessive Force by Seattle Cops Is 'Systemic'

December 16, 2011
The U.S. Department of Justice sharply rebuked the Seattle Police Department today, claiming cops use excessive force that's unconstitutional 20% of the time.

Mehserle Testifies In Civil Rights Trial Involving 2008 Arrest

November 26, 2011
Former BART Police officer Johannes Mehserle testified in federal court that he feared an attack from a combative subject against himself and another officer during a confrontation in late 2008.

Wash. Cop Convicted In Excessive Force Case

November 3, 2011
A former Los Angeles police officer working in Spokane, Wash., was convicted by a federal jury Wednesday of using excessive force in the beating of a mentally ill man who died after being struck with batons, hogtied, shocked and smothered.

NYPD Cop Charged with Civil Rights Violation

October 18, 2011
A New York City police officer has been charged in a federal civil rights complaint that he allegedly used a racial slur when refering to an African-American suspect he had arrested.

Friendly Fire Widow Sues City, Late Husband's Fellow Officer

September 12, 2011
The suit by Samantha Jones, the widow of former Officer Jerry Jones, alleges her husband's civil rights were violated, when he was shot while several officers pursued Brian Good, who had attempted to run over his girlfriend with his vehicle.

The Big Payout

August 12, 2011

Our legal system is terribly stacked against law enforcement officers and for plaintiff's attorneys. The U.S. code itself specifies how attorney fees will be set in civil rights cases against cops. That's why so many cases are filed against you and the agencies and government entities that employ you. Lawmakers—mostly lawyers themselves—set up paydays for their colleagues.

$1 Jury Award Against Officer Could Cost Seattle $700K

July 1, 2011
The lawyers for Andrew Rutherford have asked U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman to approve attorneys' fees and costs totaling more than $419,000, according to declarations they filed.
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