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Memphis Police: 5 Officers Arrested, Videos Released, Special Unit Deactivated

“Those five officers and others failed our community, and they failed the Nichols family and that is beyond regrettable,” says Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis.

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Factors to Consider Before Using Force to Effect an Arrest

Legally, any use of force by law enforcement must be objectively reasonable, but we should also consider whether it is necessary.

Point of Law: Involuntary Statements During Interrogation

An Eighth Circuit case hinged on whether a suspect could be questioned while under pain meds in the hospital.

4 Current and Former Officers Face Federal Charges Over Breonna Taylor Raid

Former Louisville Metro Police detective Joshua Jaynes, 40, who was fired for lying on the search warrant that led to the deadly 2020 raid at Taylor's apartment, was taken into custody Thursday morning by the FBI

Former Officers Plead Not Guilty to Federal Charges Over George Floyd Death

All four of the men appeared at the hearing remotely via videoconference. Chauvin appeared from a room in the state's maximum security prison, where he is serving a 22 1/2-year sentence for murder in Floyd's death.

Justice Department Announces Investigation of Phoenix PD

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said her department has already engaged in reform efforts and would cooperate with Justice officials.

Chauvin, 3 Other Fired Officers Now Face Federal Charges in Floyd Death

The three-count indictment names Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao. Specifically, Chauvin, Thao and Kueng are charged with violating Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure and excessive force. All four officers are charged for their failure to provide Floyd with medical care.

CA Attorney General Launches Civil Rights Investigation of LASD

Under the California Constitution and California Civil Code section 52.3, the AG is authorized to conduct civil investigations into whether a law enforcement agency has engaged in a pattern or practice of violating state or federal law.

Feds Will Not Charge Cleveland Officers Involved in 2014 Tamir Rice Shooting

The DOJ announced that career prosecutors reviewing the federal investigation into the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice found insufficient evidence to support federal criminal charges against the Cleveland Police officers involved in the incident.

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Trump Pardons Former Officer Who Served 10 Years Over K-9 Bite

Years later a series of articles in the Washington Post alleging police brutality at the Prince George's County PD triggered an FBI investigation into the dog bite incident, Mohr was indicted and tried.

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