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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 »

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 »

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 »