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Excessive Force

Guest Editorial: Police Are Not Brutal Racists

First, let’s start with something that is indisputable, and no one has said it better than Charleston (SC) Police Chief Luther Reynolds. “There is no department in this country that doesn’t have the room to get better,” he declared.

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FOP National President "Appalled" by Memphis Officers’ “Assault” on Tyre Nichols

Tyre Nichols allegedly fled from officers following a traffic stop.  After a brief foot pursuit, five Memphis police officers caught up to Mr. Nichols and beat him so badly he had to be hospitalized.

5 Former Memphis Officers Charged with Murder Over Traffic Stop Death

Former officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Justin Smith, Emmitt Martin III and Desmond Mills, Jr. have all been charged with one count of second-degree murder, aggravated assault-acting in concert, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of official misconduct and one count of official oppression, court records show.

Former Louisville Officer Pleads Guilty to Using Excessive Force During Anti-Police Protest

Katie R. Crews, 29, admitted in a plea hearing Tuesday that she fired a pepperball that struck Machelle McAtee on June 1, 2020, outside a popular barbecue restaurant. At the time, law enforcement authorities were attempting to enforce a city curfew intended to contain weeks of public protests after Taylor was killed during a police raid of her apartment

San Francisco DA's Office Accused of Withholding Evidence in Case Against Officer

Magen Hayashi, an investigator for the DA's office, testified Friday that she felt she would be fired if she did not withhold certain evidence in the case against Officer Terrance Stangle.

Point of Law: Excessive Force in Custody

A lawsuit by the family of a man who died in a holding cell was dismissed by a federal circuit court, but the Supreme Court ruled it needed further review.

OR DA Drops 12 Excessive Force Cases Filed Against Officers Over Portland Riot Response

Multnomah County (OR) District Attorney Mike Schmidt has declined charges in 12 use of force investigations against Portland Police Bureau officers responding to protests.

Supreme Court Makes It Easier to Sue Police for Excessive Force

The court determined that in order to sue for excessive force under the Fourth Amendment, it is not necessary for a plaintiff to have been physically seized by law enforcement.

North Carolina Chief, Sheriff Sued Over Election March Incident

Lt. Daniel Sisk, a spokesman for the Graham police, told reporters Sunday that no one was directly pepper-sprayed in the face and it was the crowd that "became violent" after police were concerned about safety from the gasoline generators used for the march.

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Minnesota Man Files Lawsuit Claiming Illegal Use of Force

A man in Minneapolis has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming he was shoved to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer during an incident near the site where George Floyd died in police custody in May.

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