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In-Custody Deaths

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.

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Colorado Officers and Paramedics Charged in 2019 Death

The indictment comes just over two years after Elijah McClain, 23, died after being detained by the officers and injected with the sedative ketamine by paramedics.

A Crying Shame: Politics Poisoning Police Reform Efforts

President Joe Biden will hold an event at the White House hosting the family of George Floyd. Will they host the families of the officers killed in the line of duty last year? I'm guessing that's a "hard no."

Family of Man who Died After Arrest Sues Rochester, Individual Officers

In a 27-page complaint, the family says that Daniel Prude's death, and alleged attempts by the department and city officials to later cover it up, violated his constitutional rights protecting against unreasonable search and seizure. Officials also failed to adequately respond to his medical condition, the complaint states.

Grand Jury Declines to Indict Rochester Officers Over Death of Daniel Prude

The Rochester police union president has defended the officers who arrested Prude, saying they appeared to follow protocol and urging changes to procedure if necessary. “Let’s not indict a police officer at the lowest level so the public feels or the family feels that there some semblance of justice,” Michael Mazzeo, president of Rochester Police Locust Club said last year.

CO Officers Fired Over Photo Re-Enacting "Neckhold" Used During In-Custody Death

In decisions upholding the terminations of Aurora Officers Erica Marrero, Kyle Dittrich and Jason Rosenblatt, the Aurora Civil Service Commission noted that the photo caused pain for McClain's family and hurt already-strained relations between police and the community.

Rochester Officers Assaulted in Station, Protester Charged

The officers, the department said, were transported to a local hospital along with a third officer who was injured during the incident.

Former MN Officer Derek Chauvin Released on $1 Million Bond

Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and man-slaughter, was released from Oak Park Heights prison, where he had been held since May 31.

NY Supreme Court Orders Review of Eric Garner Case

A New York Supreme Court judge has ordered a public inquiry into the case of Eric Garner, who died while in police custody in 2014.

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Police Leaders Asked Rochester Not to Release Prude Video That Sparked Riots

Deputy Chief Mark Simmons cited the “current climate” in the city and the nation in a June 4 email advising then-Chief La’ron Singletary to press the city’s lawyers to deny a Prude family lawyer’s public records request for the footage of the March 23 encounter that led to his death.

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