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NY Police Unions Sue Over City's New Use-of-Force Law

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.

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NYPD Chief to Command Staff at Meeting: "We Can't be Afraid" of New Force Law

Chief Terence Monahan was referencing officer hesitation caused by the city's new law that criminalizes even accidentally kneeling or sitting on a subject.

Virginia Officer Accused of Excessive Force, Indicted by Grand Jury

A grand jury indicted an officer with the Fairfax County (VA) Police Department accused of assaulting a man who—according to available body-camera video footage—was not actively resisting when he was stunned and placed under arrest in an incident in early June.

8 Louisiana Officers Indicted on Charges of Excessive Use of Force

Eight officers with the Shreveport (LA) Police Department are now accused of using excessive force against two men a prosecutor said had "raised their hands ... in an apparent attempt to surrender without resistance" following a police pursuit.

Daigle Law Group to Hold Use-of-Force Summit in December

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.

Atlanta Officers Attempted to De-Escalate Encounter with Man Before Fatal Shooting

Video footage released by the Atlanta Police Department shows officers talking for nearly half an hour with Rayshard Brooks before he was fatally shot during a confrontation after he was found sleeping in the drive-through lane of a local fast food restaurant.

New York Officer Charged With Assault on Protester

An officer with the New York Police Department has been charged with third-degree assault for allegedly shoving to the street a woman who had been participating in a protest in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis late last month.

Biden Promises Police Reform in Campaign Speech, Suggests Officers Shoot for the Legs

The former vice president pointed to several bills he said Congress could pass right away to address "police brutality," including legislation that would outlaw chokeholds, limit the transfer of “weapons of war” to police departments, and create a new oversight and accountability model for use of force within police departments.

2 Atlanta Officers Fired for Alleged Excessive Force During Protest Response

Two officers with the Atlanta Police Department have reportedly been fired for alleged excessive use of force over the weekend while responding to protests and rioting in the city over the weekend.

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4 Officers Fired Over Suspect's Death, Violent Protests Erupt in Minneapolis

At about 6 p.m., the protest turned into a march towards the 3rd Precinct, where it is believed that the as yet officially unidentified officers worked. Some protesters started vandalizing the building, shattering a window and spray painting squad cars.