The “diaphragm clause” of the law — which allows for DAs to bring a misdemeanor charge if an officer uses any move during an arrest that could limit breathing — “stands to criminalize the lawful use of force, (and) threatens both police and public safety,” the lawsuit reads.
August 6, 2020
Sexton was watching officers distribute speeding tickets in the city's downtown area on January 30, 2019, when he began filming and yelling obscenities and insults at officers, including "F*** the police."
August 5, 2020
Your agency's use-of-force policy needs to specify when the baton can be used, the legal justification for its use, and what to do afterward.
August 3, 2020
The attorney said he will argue that the charges against Thao are not supported by probable cause. Prosecutors must prove that Thao knew former officer Derek Chauvin and others were going to commit a crime and “intended his presence or actions to further the commission of that crime,” the motion says.
July 31, 2020
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, alleges that the officers violated Floyd’s constitutional rights. It claims that the city “caused officers [to] act with impunity and without fear of retribution” and failed to properly train police.
July 15, 2020
The grand jury had been suspended on March 13 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And legal experts say Howard's grand jury subpoena with no grand jury in session could be an ethical or possibly criminal issue.
July 14, 2020
Under current law, anyone who is convicted of assaulting a law enforcement officer is guilty of a Class 6 felony and is subject to a mandatory minimum term of confinement of six months, according to Virginia code.
July 1, 2020
The Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act says that officers and retired officers can carry concealed in all areas of the United States. But it's not that simple.
July 1, 2020
On one major point of dissension between the parties, the Republican bill leaves intact the “qualified immunity” standard that Democrats want to erode, to make it easier for law enforcement officials to be sued for misconduct.
June 24, 2020
Issues covered include: use-of-force trends, de-escalation and incapacitation, developing scenario-based training, how video is being weaponized, crowd control and First Amendment protection, force reporting and force investigation, public perception of police and use of force, and police and media relations.
June 24, 2020
The Supreme Court passed up at least seven cases Monday that would have allowed it to reconsider aspects of qualified immunity for police.
June 15, 2020
The bill, called the “Justice in Policing Act,” would ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants in drug cases, according to a House Democratic aide and a bill summary obtained by NBC News.
June 8, 2020
Law enforcement officers can be disciplined for speaking their minds. Here's a primer on how the First Amendment covers and doesn't cover you on the job.
April 24, 2020
An officer with the Denver Police Department will not face criminal charges after he shot and killed a gang member who was wanted for armed robbery and who held multiple people at gunpoint during a vehicle pursuit in January.
April 17, 2020
The Supreme Court said in an 8-1 decision that unless there's reason to believe otherwise, it's common sense for an officer to think the car's owner will be driving.
April 6, 2020