Category Archives: Police Misconduct

Washington prison guard accused of sexual misconduct with inmate

Washington prison guard accused of sexual misconduct with inmate

A Cowlitz County corrections officer was arrested Wednesday for having sexual contact with a female inmate and giving her marijuana, police said.

The suspect, 50-year-old Kelly Burgin, is being held in the Clark County Jail and will be …

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Lackawanna County takes action and fires 5 prison guards charged with abuse

Five of the six Lackawanna County Prison guards charged with sexually …

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Transgender Woman Seeks Immediate Protection from IDOC Guards

Officers have sexually harassed her, threatened her, and subjected her to verbal and physical abuse.

Prison guards also have made it clear they will not protect her from prisoners who seek to do her harm: on one occasion, guards stood by and allowed a …

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Six Lackawanna County Prison guards fired in wake of sex scandal

Six Lackawanna County Prison guards have been caught up in a sex scandal.

The arrests came after a grand jury investigation looking into the systemic sexual abuse and harassment of female inmates in Lackawanna …

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‘Culture of cover-up:’ Warden forced to retire from prison where whistleblower says teen inmates abused

During her four years as the supervisor of a program for teen inmates jailed at the Clemens Unit in Brazoria, an adult prison, Dominique Mitchell repeatedly alleged abuse and neglect: A mentally ill teenager was taunted by guards who told him to kill himself. Read more

 

UPDATE: Excessive Force Lawsuits Around the Country

Atlantic City police officer facing excessive-force lawsuit

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/atlantic-city-police-officer-facing-excessive-force-lawsuit/article_7f14b28e-5643-5051-ac2d-4914e7b9b2c7.htmlATLANTIC CITY
A city police officer has found himself embroiled in an excessive-force case that threatens to dig up past abuse allegations and hold the city liable for not checking officers flagged by an early warning system for excessive force.

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Colorado Lawsuit Alleges ‘Willfill and Wanton Excessive’ Force Caused Inmate’s Death

A lawsuit filed in Denver on Tuesday alleges that a 41-year-old male was fatally beat in a local jail by its deputies after he reportedly yelled and flipped them off.

Rodney Jaramillo says that deputies at the Pueblo County Jail used “excessive force …

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City of Chico denies allegations in Desmond Phillips lawsuit

The city of Chico has denied allegations in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Desmond … Alex Fliehr and Jared Cumber denied allegations of negligence and excessive force in Phillips’ shooting death.

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Appeals court reverses district judge in fatal 2013 W.Va. police-shooting case

reversed Chief U.S. District Judge Gina Groh’s decision to grant summary judgement in favor of the city and remanded the $200 million lawsuit by Jones’ estate … still find that the officers exercised excessive force.”

“Most critically, it is not clear …

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Video shows Cuyahoga County jail guard using excessive force on female inmate

Cuyahoga County released the video hours after a judge ruled in cleveland.com’s favor in a public records lawsuit.

Corporal Brendan Johnson …

The internal investigation found Johnson used excessive force in both incidents, but an arbitrator overturned …

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Judge dismisses federal lawsuit against Jonesborough mayor and others

Last week, the federal court also granted Peace’s request to be given immunity to charges that he made an unlawful arrest, used excessive force and engaged in malicious prosecution.

That portion of the lawsuit was also dismissed by the judge with prejudice.

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Secret NYPD Files: Officers Can Lie And Brutally Beat People — And Still Keep Their Jobs

Their lawsuit against the department is ongoing … such as stealing property, false arrest, or excessive force, can fight the charges.

With little outside scrutiny, some officers told BuzzFeed News the internal trials are merely a “kangaroo court …

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Ex-Ranger Ordered to Pay Judgment for Excessive Force Case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

A federal judge has ordered a former U.S. Forest Service ranger to pay nearly $600,000 to a disabled Army veteran and another camper for violating their civil rights by using excessive force during their 2014 arrests in mountains …

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Ex-inmate sues Erie County over use of force at prison

A federal lawsuit claims that an Erie County Prison inmate suffered … ruptured eye socket and numerous cuts and abrasions” as a result of “excessive force” used by corrections officers at the prison.

“There is a widespread custom and well-settled …

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Schenectady Council to vote on excessive force settlement

SCHENECTADY NY

City Council members will vote on whether to settle an excessive-force lawsuit during the council’s committee meetings on Tuesday.

Independent Councilman Vince Riggi, chair of the council’s Claims Committee, confirmed council members …

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Deaf man paid $175,000 in taxpayer funds to settle claims Oklahoma troopers used excessive force during traffic stop

Pearson, now 68, of Edmond, claimed three troopers “used unnecessary, unprovoked and excessive force” when he was unable to communicate or follow verbal commands, according to the lawsuit.

An Oklahoma City federal judge approved the settlement in January.

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A Long, Hard Look at Police Brutality in 2018

Protesters will kneel as Super Bowl, Minnesota and police killing cross paths

http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/news/super-bowl-protest-police-brutality-take-a-knee-philando-castile-minneapolis-area/a5cmwhl9l7lu1kq62lesq8ots

Protests at the Super Bowl are not unusual — there were plenty in and around NRG Stadium in Houston a year ago. But at least one major demonstration at Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis was practically destined to take place.

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It Is Time to Hold Officials Accountable for Police Brutality

Here’s some hypocrisy:

It’s NOT time to hold city officials in sanctuary cities accountable for not enforcing immigration laws but it IS time to hold city officials accountable for not enforcing laws that prohibit police brutality?

In September 1957, seven members of the Ku Klux Klan abducted Judge Aaron, a Black man living in Birmingham Alabama, before beating, castrating, and drowning him in a creek.

His torture and execution was one of thousands – part of the well-documented …

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Police misconduct can come in a lot of forms but one of the cases that are considered criminal in nature is brutality. This can put officers in a bad light, as much as police corruption does, especially since the public expects them to be the protector of society and not be the perpetrator. When these incidents happen, one can expect that a lawsuit is sure to come their way: primarily, due to their abuse of authority and, more importantly, their act of hurting people.

A victim of police brutality can seek the help of lawyers and organizations of concerned citizens who offer various forms of support.

“Driving While Black”: Humor brings light to the tragedy of police brutality

English art historian and writer Horace Walpole once famously said, “The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.”

But it can be argued that no one person is of so singular a mind that they can’t go between feeling and …

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Words and Pictures: ‘To Protect & Serve?’ showcases 50 years of police brutality protest posters

Trayvon Martin. Michael Brown. Sandra Bland. Eric Garner. Freddie Gray.

In recent years, alleged police brutality has been at the heart of several high-profile cases both in the news and on social media.

The Black Lives Matter and Hands Up United movements …

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Why ‘black-ish’ Tackled Police Brutality

At PaleyFest, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, discuss why the latest episode of their sitcom ‘black-ish’ got serious, to tackle the issue of police brutality.

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Viola Davis Debuts Documentary Series On Police Brutality

The series features input from “law enforcement experts and independent observers,” along with appearances from Rep. Maxine Water, Rev. Al Sharpton and Christopher Darden, the co-prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

“Despite the fact that so …

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Grey’s Anatomy Touched on Police Brutality in a Devastating Way

Grey’s Anatomy once again quietly reminded us of current social injustice in tonight’s episode, “Personal Jesus.”

When a young black boy is rushed into the ER, he is accompanied by …

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Netflix Digs Deep Into Police Brutality W/ Regina King’s New “Seven Seconds” Series Trailer

Netflix continues to make it hard to pay for cable with endless original programming.

Next month, Hollywood actress Regina King and the executive producers of “The Killing” officially premiere their new “Seven Seconds” series.

The gripping story …

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LIVESTREAM: Alleged police brutality victim files lawsuit against APD

AUSTIN TX
The Austin Police Department is facing a federal lawsuit alleging a white police officer used a Taser on a black teenager.

Edwards Law did not elaborate on the incident or where or when it happened, but said it would provide more …

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Police fire up to 9 times, killing stopped motorist

A fourth police officer was killed and two suspected snipers were in custody after a protest late Thursday against police brutality in Dallas, authorities said.

One suspect had turned himself in and another who was in a shootout with SWAT officers was also …

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Grey’s Anatomy Takes a Hard Look At ‘The Talk’ Black Parents Have to Give Their Sons About Police Brutality

The character’s name is Eric Sterling, seemingly named after two men who were gunned down by police.

Eric Garner, the New York man who cops put in a banned chokehold in 2014 and ultimately killed and Alton Sterling, who in 2016 was selling CDs outside a …

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No video, no answers in case of teen brutally beaten by police

With police brutality and cold-blooded killing around the country, the situation is forcing us to unify for justice as the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has been advocating, he said.

“Hopefully and prayerfully, they will get justice,” added Mr …

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$15M verdict in police shooting of unarmed black man heading to mediation

$15M verdict in police shooting of unarmed black man heading to mediation

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/15m-verdict-in-police-shooting-of-unarmed-black-man-heading-to-arbitration/“Defendants were saddled with the impossible burden of defending not only this case, but also the ubiquitous but unsubstantiated narratives that police are allegedly targeting African-Americans for excessive force,” he wrote.

“It is apparent that the …

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3 police shootings weren’t caught on body cams. This is why, cops say

http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2017/09/3_police_shootings_werent_caught_on_body_cams_this.htmlAuthorities say Derry was the aggressor, and pulled a gun during a foot pursuit.

Derry, who also plans to sue the department, says the police used excessive force and officers never found a gun because he did not have one.

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Man Claims Police Used Excessive Force During His Arrest

http://fox40.com/2017/09/13/man-claims-citrus-heights-police-used-excessive-force-during-his-arrest/CITRUS HEIGHTS
The fence is still locked in front of the boarded up, three-story house where an electrical fire burned everything back in June.

“All’s I can remember yelling is this is my mom’s house, this is my mom’s house,” said Dryw Westerman.

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DOJ Changes Excessive Force Program

http://www.newsweek.com/sessions-shockley-doj-obama-666244Attorney General Jeff Sessions just got his wish to rollback agreements made between the Department of Justice civil rights division and local police departments to combat excessive police force under former President Barack Obama.

The Department of …

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Video Of Alleged Excessive Force On Carjacking Suspect Released In Trial Of Baltimore Co. Officer

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2017/09/12/police-officer-video-kicking-suspect/The scene was caught on camera by a Baltimore City police helicopter, which captured the alleged use of excessive force on video, as it circled over the scene as backup.

The next day, City Police alerted County Police to Spivey’s on-camera kicking. It …

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Oakland Police Sexual Exploitation Case Exposed

Court Orders Oakland to Report on Fixes Following Police Sexual Exploitation Case

https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/07/13/court-orders-oakland-to-report-on-fixes-following-police-sexual-exploitation-case/A federal judge has ordered Oakland officials to detail how they plan to fix procedural issues in the Police Department identified last month in a court-ordered report that found OPD’s investigation into a widespread officer sexual exploitation case …

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Damning New Report Shows How Oakland Cops Covered Up Their Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

http://reason.com/blog/2017/07/13/oakland-police-corruption-comes-outA damning new report explains the extent that the Oakland Police Department (OPD) was involved with the girl, who goes by the pseudonym Celeste Guap, and also details OPD leadership’s myriad attempts to make the scandal disappear.

Throughout the …

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Judge: Oakland must show plan for fixing PD

http://www.dailyprogress.com/judge-oakland-must-show-plan-for-fixing-police-department/article_dae7d61d-fc07-5cc4-9635-358dbec30852.htmlA federal judge has summoned lawyers for Oakland to court Monday July 10, 2017 to explain the city’s mishandling of a police sexual misconduct investigation that led to the chief’s resignation and implicated two dozen officers throughout the San …

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The Latest: Federal judge optimistic for Oakland police

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/the-latest-federal-judge-optimistic-for-oakland-police/2017/07/10/fc423e4c-65ce-11e7-94ab-5b1f0ff459df_story.htmlThe Latest on a summons of top Oakland, California, officials by a federal judge to discuss a report on a sexual misconduct investigation.

A federal judge who oversees the Oakland Police Department says …

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Attorneys in Oakland Police case ask judge to consider tough sanctions

http://www.ktvu.com/news/266247733-storyBurris and Chanin said, “The failure to properly investigate the sexual misconduct from September 2015 to March 2016 without court intervention raises troubling questions about whether the senior leadership of the city of Oakland and the Oakland Police …

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Oakland Police Sexual Exploitation Case at Center of Looming Legal Showdown

https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/07/06/oakland-police-sexual-exploitation-case-at-center-of-looming-legal-showdown/Lawyers involved in federal court oversight of the Oakland Police Department are calling for a detailed accounting of failures and disciplinary action taken against officers and supervisors tasked with investigating a police sexual exploitation case …

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Could Oakland be held in contempt for not reforming its police?

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Could-Oakland-be-held-in-contempt-for-not-11268726.phpThe notion was raised in a court brief ahead of a hearing Monday at which city attorneys will be called to account for blunders highlighted in a report last month that detailed the mishandling of a sexual misconduct case by senior members of the Police …

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More Police Brutality Lawsuit Settlements in the News

Convicted jewel thief, gun peddler Justin Douglas latest to receive police brutality settlement from Springfield

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/06/convicted_jewel_thief_gun_sale.htmlSPRINGFIELD
The city and state will pay convicted jewel thief and gun-peddler Justin Douglas $60,000 to settle a police brutality lawsuit filed three years ago in federal court, according to settlement documents.

Douglas was arrested in 2012 at a …

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ACLU, Police Brutality Victims, News Outlets

http://www.wbal.com/article/248983/3/aclu-police-brutality-victims-news-outlets-sue-baltimore-salisbury-over-settlement-gag-ordersThe ACLU of Maryland is backing two Baltimore media outlets in separate lawsuits against Baltimore and Salisbury police.

The ACLU is fighting so-called “gag …

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When cops kill, paying their victims’ families can be a cold, calculating process

http://www.businessinsider.com/police-shooting-settlement-philando-castile-2017-6Her attorney, Robert Bennett, and other legal experts told Mic that establishing police brutality settlement amounts involves examining callous, but legally-relevant factors, such as the victim’s age, education level and overall lifetime earning …

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Philando Castille Settlement Shows White America Willingly Pays for White Supremacy

http://www.theroot.com/philando-castille-settlement-shows-white-america-willin-1796479366Cities like Pittsburgh, Denver and of course Chicago have doled out millions of dollars in settlements and penalties for police brutality with nary a chief getting fired or a cop being jailed.

If a county hospital was getting sued every year for …

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Michael Brown family receives $1.5 million settlement from Ferguson

http://us.blastingnews.com/news/2017/06/michael-brown-family-receives-15-million-settlement-from-city-of-ferguson-001794005.htmlOn August 9, 2014, police officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown, 18, at least six times on West Florissant Avenue in St. Louis suburb, Ferguson, Mo., according to The New York Times.

An autopsy …

What is being done to prevent police brutality? There have …

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Conn. ACLU Demands Release Of Documents In Enfield Police Brutality Cases

http://wshu.org/post/conn-aclu-demands-release-documents-enfield-police-brutality-casesEight of the lawsuits were settled out of court, and Worden was originally fired, but town officials changed his termination to a resignation.

Worden admitted no wrongdoing, and town officials have refused to release any information about the …

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Springfield police brutality victim Melvin Jones III jailed after 2nd arrest in 2 weeks

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/06/melvin_jones_iii_jailed_after.htmlSPRINGFIELD
A Chicopee man who won a $499,000-plus settlement in a police brutality case is facing new charges after being pulled over for driving with allegedly stolen Connecticut license plates.

Melvin Jones III, 35, pleaded not guilty Friday in …

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KING: Police officers, departments and pension plans should cover the billions paid out for police brutality

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/king-cops-cover-billions-paid-police-brutality-article-1.3278976The enormous physical and psychological costs of police brutality in America can never be fully measured, but the monetary costs can.

Just hours ago, it was announced that the family of Philando Castile will receive a $3 million settlement.

Numerous …

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Lawsuits: Officer Used Excessive Force In Several Cases

http://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-excessive-force-lawsuit-story.htmlIn this 2013 file photo, former Enfield Police Department K9 Officer Matthew Worden and his dog Falco negotiate a low crawl obstacle during the annual K9 Olympics in Mansfield, Connecticut.

Eight brutality lawsuits settled over the past 10 months paint …

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New York City and James Blake Resolve Excessive Force Claim

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/20/nyregion/new-york-city-and-james-blake-settle-excessive-force-lawsuit.htmlJames Blake in 2015.

The City of New York will create a legal fellowship in Mr. Blake’s name within the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the agency that …

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Officer acquitted in Philando Castile shooting; Protesters go wild

It’s been said that Philando Castile had a permit to legally carry a gun, but unless he either reached for it, drew it or was hiding it under his shirt, there is no reason under the sun why his gun should have been laying un-holstered in his lap moments after he was shot, while the officer’s weapon is still pointed at him. But look at the video and it is clearly visible on his lap.

OPINION: While my heart goes out to the Castile family for their grievous loss, by the girlfriend’s own admission in the Facebook Live video that she filmed during the event, it is fairly obvious to any licensed gun-toting individual that this shooting was both 100% preventable AND 100% instigated by Castile’s own actions.

The fact that the officer stated in court that he was “scared to death” is clear evidence that Castile’s actions were the cause of the shooting after the situation quickly spiraled out of the officer’s control. Add to that the fact the the video clearly shows a gun sitting on Castile’s lap and all of a sudden it’s a justified shooting.

Girlfriend said Castile had a permit and he informed the officer he had a firearm; just like he was supposed to do. What he SHOULD NOT have done was have the gun sitting concealed on his lap.

THE GUN SHOULD NEVER HAVE LEFT IT’S HOLSTER, and yet the freeze-frame photo below taken from the video clearly shows the gun sitting right on his lap.

Clearly this is something that all the people calling this a murder are choosing to ignore. 

AND THEN, WITHOUT BEING INSTRUCTED TO DO SO BY THE OFFICER, girlfriend said Castile moved and allegedly “reached for his wallet” at which point the officer saw the gun, told Castile not to reach for it, he reached for it and the officer then fired 4 shots into Castile IN SELF DEFENSE.

EVERY permit-carrying gun owner must go through classes to obtain their permit, and in EVERY CLASS they are taught the right way and the wrong way to inform a police officer that you are armed and how to proceed after that.

Here’s how it should go down if you are armed and get stopped by the police:

You should already have your driver’s license or ID and your gun permit in hand as the officer approaches your vehicle and preferably have it presented out the window as the officer approaches, gun permit on top facing up so the officer will see it immediately.

If you have not already taken out your ID and gun permit by the time the officer approaches your vehicle, place both hands high on the steering wheel or dashboard if you’re in the passenger seat AND DO NOT MOVE THEM.

Immediately after the officer finishes his greeting and states the reason for the stop, you are required by law to inform the officer that you are armed and have a permit. If you took it out before the officer approached your vehicle but did not present it out the window, with hands still on the wheel, inform the officer that you have your ID and permit in-hand and he will instruct you how to hand them to him. Follow his instructions exactly.

If you did not take them out beforehand, inform the officer that you have a permit or CCW license – while your hands are still on the wheel – that your ID is in your right rear pocket (or wherever), that your gun is on your right hip (or wherever) and then WITHOUT MOVING YOUR HANDS, ask him how HE would like to proceed.

And then do exactly, precisely what he tells you to do. Nothing more and nothing less.

The officer will then probably call for backup and will provide instructions for you to exit the vehicle and you will be temporarily disarmed for both your and the officer’s safety. The officer will unload the weapon and take temporary custody of it. Once he has verified your identity and permit status and confirmed that you are legally permitted to carry a firearm, it will be returned to you and everybody lives.

NEVER, EVER take your hands off the wheel, yell at the officer, call names, do anything to make the officer more nervous or feel threatened, make any sudden moves or reach for ANYTHING without the officer first instructing you to do so. And ending each sentence with “sir” is a professional touch that rarely goes unnoticed.

Minn. officer acquitted in shooting of Philando Castile during traffic stop, dismissed from police force

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/06/16/minn-officer-acquitted-of-manslaughter-for-shooting-philando-castile-during-traffic-stop/The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop was acquitted on all charges by a jury Friday, a decision that came nearly a year after the encounter was partially streamed online to a rapt nation in the midst of a …

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Another day without a verdict in Philando Castile case

http://www.myarklamiss.com/news/national/another-day-without-a-verdict-in-philando-castile-case/742792959ST. PAUL, Minnesota
Jurors in the manslaughter trial of the Minnesota officer charged in Philando Castile’s death were dismissed after their fourth day of deliberations on Thursday.

The jury will reconvene Friday in the case against St. Anthony …

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No verdict Wednesday in Philando Castile case

http://www.tristatehomepage.com/news/national/no-verdict-wednesday-in-philando-castile-case/741558472If convicted, Yanez faces up to 20 years in prison on charges from the July 6, 2016, shooting, which led to nationwide protests and renewed debate over excessive force after Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, broadcast the incident on Facebook Live.

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Philando Castile’s uncle urges calm and patience before verdict

http://video.startribune.com/philando-castile-s-uncle-urges-calm-and-patience-before-verdict/428509223/Philando Castile’s uncle urges calm and patience before verdict.

Clarence Castile said he wants jurors to take their time after Judge William Leary III ordered them back to deliberations Wednesday in the trial of St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez.

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Cop who shot and killed Philando Castile says he was “scared to death”

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cop-who-shot-and-killed-philando-castile-says-he-was-scared-to-death/Officer Jeronimo Yanez, facing a manslaughter charge in the death of Philando Castile, said he could clearly see the gun that Castile had just told the officer he was carrying.

“I was scared to death. I thought I was going to die.”

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Philando Castile’s “C-grip” was for his gun, not seat belt, expert testifies

http://www.twincities.com/2017/06/08/philando-castile-police-shooting-yanez-trial-where-gun-was-found/St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez had no option but to shoot Philando Castile when Castile ignored the officer’s commands and reached for his handgun during a traffic stop last summer, an expert witness testified Thursday for the defense.

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Officer Jeronimo Yanez takes stand in Philando Castile shooting trial

http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/us-world-news/260115845-storyYanez is on trial for manslaughter for the July 6, 2016 shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights.

The shooting garnered national attention when Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, streamed the aftermath of the fatal …

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Philando Castile Case: Who Are the Key Figures in Trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez?

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/philando-castile-case-who-are-key-figures-trial-officer-jeronimo-n765976Castile, 32, was a longtime elementary school cafeteria worker who family members described as loving and laid-back.

Quick with a high-five for students and always eager to sneak kids extra graham crackers and other treats, Castile was known simply as …

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The Never-Ending Tale of Police Brutality and Excessive Force

FOI Hearing Officer: Enfield Broke Law By Withholding Settlements In Brutality Cases

http://www.courant.com/community/enfield/hc-enfield-foi-hearing-matthew-worden-lawsuit-settlements-0614-20170613-story.htmlVideo from Enfield police cruiser dashboard cams of the arrest of Mark Maher, who has filed a police brutality complaint.

It shows exchange between Maher and the Enfield officers, including officer Matthew Worden.

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Fort Worth mother says police officer made her feel ‘worthless as a parent’

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article156124024.htmlMartin was suspended after the incident because he failed to check on Craig’s son upon arrival at the scene and because he used excessive force during the arrests, Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald testified Tuesday.

Fitzgerald said Martin was “definitely …

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Police brutality victim will not receive award money from Baltimore, appeals court rules

http://legalnewsline.com/stories/511126218-police-brutality-victim-will-not-receive-award-money-from-baltimore-appeals-court-rulesThe Maryland Court of Special Appeals has ruled against allowing a police brutality victim to collect damages from the city of Baltimore.

The decision, filed on June 1 by Judge Michael Reed, expressed that municipal …

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​Another police brutality victim speaks up

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/%E2%80%8Banother-police-brutality-victim-speaks-60782“The MP’s committee called the police to sort out the disturbance by this individual,” says Jack Rau.

“Unaware that the policemen were already contacted, Avara left in the vehicle belonging to the guy who was yelling abusive comments towards the MP.”

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Attorney: Will ask troopers for probe after jury finds excessive force by Clarksburg Police

https://www.theet.com/news/free/attorney-will-ask-troopers-for-probe-after-jury-finds-excessive/article_cd959a5b-1882-5622-89b9-f310c449f9bd.htmlCLARKSBURG
A Harrison County attorney said he will ask State Police to open an unlawful assault investigation in a case in which a civil jury recently found Clarksburg police used excessive force against his client in 2013.

Attorney Tim Gentilozzi …

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Protecting Black Kids From Police Brutality

https://blackmattersus.com/33906-protecting-black-kids-from-police-brutality/Talking to Black kids about police is a hard task, there are lots of articles and studies on this topic but still no absolute answer.

Why is this so difficult and why are black kids being singled out for this lesson?

It’s real simple kids: Talk to police calmly and with respect. Respect the office and the authority that the police represent. Thank them for their service. Don’t insult them. Don’t yell at them. Don’t shoot at them. Don’t throw things at them. Don’t call them names. Don’t swear at them. Don’t resist arrest. Don’t run away from the police. Don’t riot. Don’t destroy property. Don’t threaten police with violence. Don’t cheer when police get killed in the line of duty. These are all common sense things that white people have been using for years and guess what? They work.

This conversation is so difficult that mother, former social worker and a Nashville, Tennessee, native Sanya Gragg …

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Jersey City addresses two cases of alleged police brutality in two weeks

http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/jersey-city-addresses-two-cases-alleged-police-brutality-two-weeksAs Jersey City, N.J., officials are expected to pay $45,000 to settle a 2012 federal lawsuit involving police violence on June 14, a new case alleging police violence erupted in the city on June 7.

Security professional Michael Wheeler had accused …

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Jersey City to pay $45K to settle police brutality claim

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2017/06/jersey_city_to_pay_45k_to_settle_police_brutality.htmlJERSEY CITY
A man who accused Jersey City cops of beating him during a 2011 party on Martin Luther King Drive is set to receive $45,000 to drop his federal lawsuit against the city.

Michael Wheeler was arrested after police officers responded to the …

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Federal lawsuit seeks to force court oversight of Chicago police reform

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-police-reform-lawsuit-met-20170613-story.htmlAbout 15 lawyers from Chicago and New York filed the lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago on behalf of six African-American plaintiffs who allege they were victims of excessive force and other abuses at the hands of Chicago police.

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Jury rules in favor of LRPD officer in excessive force lawsuit

http://katv.com/news/local/former-lrpd-officer-sued-for-excessive-force-outside-little-rock-restaurantA federal jury ruled in favor of former LRPD Lt. David Hudson on Wednesday afternoon.

The jury deliberated for an hour and a half and decided …

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Dothan man claims he’s a target of false arrests, police brutality

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2017/06/09/dothan-man-alleges-police-abuse/382643001/Nearly a month after Dothan resident Sam Tew was allegedly assaulted and injured by Dothan police officers while attempting to attend a Dothan City Commission meeting, Tew and Montgomery-based attorney Julian McPhillips called for financial …

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Fort Worth police officer to appeal excessive force ruling at hearing

http://www.statesman.com/news/crime--law/fort-worth-police-officer-appeal-excessive-force-ruling-hearing/BG00cnACTqYfmJbcVM5ZBL/In this December file image from Fort Worth police officer William Martin’s bodycam, Martin pushes Jacqueline Craig down with a stun gun.

A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday on Martin’s appeal of a 10-day suspension for using excessive force in the …

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Bridgeport Man Wins Police Brutality Suit

Bridgeport Man Wins Police Brutality Suit

https://patch.com/connecticut/bridgeport/bridgeport-man-wins-police-brutality-suit-reportBRIDGEPORT, CT
Shortly after the city’s police department came under fire after an officer shot and killed a teenager, a local man was awarded a more than $300,000 settlement in a police brutality suit, reports the Connecticut Post.

Anibal Diaz, 31 …

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MBTA settles with Roxbury woman in police brutality case

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/06/06/mbta-settles-with-roxbury-woman-police-brutality-case/kejU61EnCPCywqON7zHOKK/story.htmlThe Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has reached a settlement with a Roxbury woman who sued it and two transit officers, alleging police brutality.

Mary Holmes sued the officers in 2015 in US District Court in Massachusetts and added the MBTA …

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How Police Brutality Keeps America Poor and Uneducated

http://www.theroot.com/how-police-brutality-keeps-america-poor-and-uneducated-1795768864Likewise, media outlets hop on the outrage bandwagon and trumpet the statistics about brutality, illegal searches and police misconduct.

But even when there are no criminal charges or prosecution, juries often find police departments liable in civil …

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This Is Why Cops In Salt Lake City Haven’t Killed Anyone Since 2015

http://elitedaily.com/life/culture/cops-salt-like-city-no-murders-police-brutality/1956644/Changes made in the Salt Lake City Police Department prove that the national conversation about police brutality is making an impact and inciting change.

Note that the police chief of the department did not say any changes in the crime rate have taken …

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Federal judge dismisses Paterson man’s police brutality lawsuit seeking $5 million in damages

http://patersontimes.com/2017/05/22/federal-judge-dismisses-paterson-mans-police-brutality-lawsuit-seeking-5-million-in-damages/A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a city man alleging a police dog left him in bad shape after he resisted and ran from law enforcement officers, according to court records.

John Michael Vazquez, a United States District judge for the …

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Betty Shelby Goes Free as Police Brutality and Racism is Found Not Guilty in America

http://thedailybanter.com/2017/05/betty-shelby-goes-free-police-brutality-and-racism/America’s white supremacy and state sponsored police brutality has killed us without consequence once again.

In Oklahoma, a predominantly white jury acquitted white police officer Betty Shelby of first degree manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher.

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With Nod to Harry Potter, 11th Circuit Says Police Dogs Can’t Be Sued for Excessive Force

http://www.dailyreportonline.com/id=1202786863443/With-Nod-to-Harry-Potter-11th-Circuit-Says-Police-Dogs-Cant-Be-Sued-for-Excessive-ForceU.S. District Chief Judge Thomas Thrash had denied a motion to dismiss the complaint, finding that Jones had made “a plausible claim with respect to his allegation that the canine officer subjected him to excessive force.”

Thrash also rejected claims …

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Beechview man files suit against Aliquippa police, claims excessive force

http://www.timesonline.com/news/local_news/beechview-man-files-suit-against-aliquippa-police-claims-excessive-force/article_cba640ae-3be8-11e7-8e04-1b889820d45a.htmlA Beechview man has filed a civil lawsuit against the Aliquippa Police Department, claiming excessive force was used after he was arrested last year in the Plan …

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Third Circuit finds State Police troopers did not use excessive force

http://pennrecord.com/stories/511117109-third-circuit-finds-state-police-troopers-did-not-use-excessive-forcePHILADELPHIA
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently affirmed a lower court’s ruling that entered a jury verdict for four Pennsylvania State Police troopers accused of using excessive force after a high-speed chase.

On May 15 …

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