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Category Archives: Police Brutality

How Much Does Police Misconduct Cost the Public?

Both in New York City and across the United States, taxpayers are increasingly seeing public funds used to pay huge settlements and verdicts as a result of police misconduct, violence and abuse. In 2014, the 10 American cities with the largest police departments spent $248.7 million on verdicts and settlements resulting from police misconduct. Those… Read More »

Knowing Your Rights: What is a False Arrest?

In most jurisdictions across the country, the rules for what makes a lawful arrest are similar. Officers must inform suspects that they are being arrested. This can be accomplished with a visible badge or uniform. Additionally, the officer must inform individuals on what crime they are being arrested for, unless revealing that information could lead… Read More »

What Qualifies as Excessive Force?

There have been many high-profile cases of police brutality making the national news lately, with allegations of excessive force being a common factor. But what exactly qualifies as excessive force? It is understood that police officers often have to use some level of force to subdue their suspects. Many people being arrested under suspicion of… Read More »

Mystery Still Hangs Over the Injury and Death of Freddie Gray

The recent protests and riots in Baltimore, Maryland have been the subject of national news coverage lately — and for very good reason. But the initial cause of those riots, the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, is still somewhat of a mystery to the general public. Gray was a 25-year-old man who passed… Read More »

South Carolina Officer Charged with Murder After Shooting

A 33-year old police officer from North Charleston, South Carolina was charged with the murder of 50-year-old Walter Scott on April 7. The incident rose to national notoriety after a video surfaced online that showed Officer Michael Slager shooting Scott in the back as he ran away from the officer. The case sparked yet another… Read More »

Judge Rules Nassau County Man May Proceed with False Imprisonment Law Suit

An Eastern District judge recently decided that a man who was shot multiple times by a police stun gun during an involuntary hospitalization will be allowed to proceed with a lawsuit that includes allegations of false imprisonment, municipal liability and excessive force. According to the judge, the case, Greenaway v. County of Nassau, has enough… Read More »

Girlfriend of NYPD Shooting Victim Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

On November 20, 2014, NYPD Officer Peter Liang fatally shot 28-year-old Akai Gurley in a darkened stairwell of the Pink Houses in East New York. The incident reportedly occurred when Gurley opened a door into the stairwell and startled the officer, who fired his weapon and hit Gurley in the chest. Gurley’s girlfriend, Kimberly Ballinger,… Read More »

New York Lawmaker Pushes for Emphasis on Outlaw of Chokeholds by Police

In early summer of 2014, a story from Staten Island made national news when a New York Police Department officer put civilian Eric Garner into a chokehold while arresting him for a petty crime. The officer kept the hold locked in too tightly and too long, and it led to Garner’s death. This was not… Read More »

Court Rules Family of Incarcerated Woman Who Died of Asthma Attack Can Sue for Negligence

In recent news regarding the embattled Rikers Island correctional facility, a Manhattan appellate court determined that the family of Eva Luckey, a woman who died 12 years ago of an asthma attack while imprisoned in the facility may sue the facility for negligence. In this decision, the court restored the negligence claim Ms. Luckey’s family… Read More »

Diabetic Prisoner Dies After Being Denied Medical Treatment for Two Days

A new lawsuit against the Rikers Island correctional facility alleges that a diabetic man incarcerated in the facility died after being denied medical treatment for a full two days. Linda Mercado, the sister of inmate Carlos Mercado, claims that her brother fell into a diabetic coma and died after guards failed to respond properly to… Read More »

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