Latest News About «excessive force»:

    More than 60% of Americans support allowing people to sue police officers for using excessive force against assailants, even if such a move makes the job of police work more difficult, according to a survey published Thursday. Two-thirds of the public believe civilians should be able to level lawsuits if police officers are engaging in misconduct, a Pew Research Center survey showed. Law enforcement officers are protected through qualified immunity, a doctrine protecting them from civil liability unless they commit...
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Springfield police officers regularly used excessive force in violation of the U.S. Constitution and the department failed to discipline officers for the misconduct, a U.S. Department of Justice investigation has found. The two-year police misconduct investigation by the agencys Civil Rights Division released late Wednesday found officers with the police departments Narcotics Bureau “routinely resort to punching subjects’ head areas with closed fists as an immediate response to resistance” without attempting other less serious uses of...
    A Falls Church, Virginia, man and his daughter say D.C.’s police were involved in the June 1 chemical-aided clearing of protesters Lafayette Square ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to St. John’s Episcopal Church. The allegation is part of an amended lawsuit against the president, U.S. Attorney General William Barr and other White House officials filed by groups including the ACLU. More than once, including on June 2, D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham denied his officers were involved in supporting...
    SPRINGFIELD (CBS) – The Justice Department says an investigation has revealed “reasonable cause” to believe the Springfield Police Department’s Narcotics Bureau regularly used excessive force, it announced Wednesday. “Our investigation of the Springfield Police Department over the last year revealed chronic issues with the use of force, poor record-keeping on that subject, and repeated failures to impose discipline for officer misconduct,” said U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling. The Justice Department said the bureau violated the Fourth Amendment, which protects...
    DENVER (CBS4) – An excessive force investigation by the Denver Police Department has resulted in the unpaid suspensions of two officers. The suspensions will last 10 days each. One different officer who was involved in the situation previously resigned from the department before he could be fired. The case under investigation happened in August 2018 when three officers were responding to calls of a teenager who was acting strange. The suspect was never seen with a weapon and never tried...
    A Vallejo man acquitted of first-degree murder and attempted murder charges last year is suing, alleging he was the victim of malicious prosecution by Vallejo police. Filed in the Northern District of California, Everette Highbaugh alleges that Vallejo police purposelessly withheld exculpatory evidence in connection with the murder of Kenesha Jackson, 36, the mother of his three children, and the wounding of Brad David, who was staying with Jackson at the time of the shooting in a Virginia Street apartment...
    GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi police department fired an officer Friday for using excessive force. Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons and Police Chief Delando Wilson announced the dismissal during a news conference carried on Facebook. News outlets said the firing of the unidentified officer came after video surfaced on social media showing the officer slamming a handcuffed suspect to the pavement and striking his head. Simmons says the video didn’t show everything that happened. But he said what was shown...
    Eight Shreveport, Louisiana, police officers have been indicted after using unnecessary excessive force during a January 24 incident, Caddo Parish District Attorney James E. Stewart, Sr. announced Wednesday. After attempting to stop a vehicle for seat belt violations, the officers tased and beat two men who made an apparent attempt to surrender without resistance, Stewart said in a statement.  Aaron Jaudon, DAndre Jackson, Mark Ordoyne, William Isenhour, Christopher McConnell, Brandon Walker, Treveion Brooks, and David Francis have all been charged with...
    BELMONT CRAGIN — A third Chicago police officer has been relieved of police powers as the Civilian Office of Police Accountability investigates allegations of excessive force in the violent arrest of Black woman outside Brickyard Mall in May. According to COPA officials, police Supt. David Brown concurred with the decision to relieve the officer of duty while the investigation into Mia Wright’s arrest continues. Two other officers were previously taken off the street due to their involvement in the arrest,...
    (CNN)Eight Louisiana police officers are 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 chase.A grand jury indicted each of the Shreveport officers on Monday with a count of malfeasance in office in connection with the late January pursuit and stop of a truck that left driver Chico Bell with a shattered eye socket and passenger Damon Robinson with his nose broken in...
    A police officer in the area has been arraigned and charged for allegedly using excessive force with a woman who was handcuffed and under arrest last year. Mount Vernon Police Officer Ryan Hughes, who turned himself in to investigators last month, has been arraigned an charged with second-degree reckless endangerment in Mount Vernon City Court, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced on Wednesday afternoon, July 1. Hughes’ arrest came while national protests were raging after the death...
    A Louisiana grand jury has accused eight police officers of using excessive force in arresting two men after a chase in January. A district attorney said Tuesday that a grand jury charged each officer on Monday with one count of malfeasance in office. Prosecutors have dropped all charges against Chico Bell and Damon Robinson, the men who were arrested, because of unnecessary force, Attorney James Stewart Sr. said in a news release. Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond said his...
    By JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press A Louisiana grand jury has accused eight police officers of using excessive force in arresting two men after a chase in January. A district attorney said Tuesday that a grand jury charged each officer on Monday with one count of malfeasance in office. Prosecutors have dropped all charges against Chico Bell and Damon Robinson, the men who were arrested, because of the unnecessary use of force by Shreveport police, Attorney James Stewart Sr. said in...
    A Louisiana grand jury has accused eight police officers of using excessive force in arresting two men after a chase in January. A district attorney said Tuesday that a grand jury charged each officer on Monday with one count of malfeasance in office. Prosecutors have dropped all charges against Chico Bell and Damon Robinson, the men who were arrested, because of the unnecessary use of force by Shreveport police, Attorney James Stewart Sr. said in a news release. Shreveport...
    By CASEY SMITH, Associated Press/Report for America INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two women have filed an excessive force lawsuit against four Indianapolis police officers after video was released of officers using batons and pepper balls to subdue the women at a protest last month over the death of George Floyd. Ivoré Westfield and Rachel Harding, both of Marion County, filed the federal lawsuit Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Three Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two women have filed an excessive force lawsuit against four Indianapolis police officers after video was released of officers using batons and pepper balls to subdue the women at a protest last month over the death of George Floyd. Ivoré Westfield and Rachel Harding, both of Marion County, filed the federal lawsuit Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Three Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers and one sergeant — all named as...
    By CLAUDIA LAUER A group of protesters is suing Pittsburgh city and police officials, saying officers used unnecessary, excessive force to disperse a crowd protesting against police brutality and officials lied about the protesters’ behavior to justify that response. The lawsuit filed Monday alleges protesters’ constitutional rights were violated when police dispersed a crowd of about 150 people protesting after the Minneapolis death of George Floyd, at one point allegedly firing blindly into a cloud of smoke and tear gas...
    A group of protesters is suing Pittsburgh city and police officials, saying officers used unnecessary, excessive force to disperse a crowd protesting against police brutality and officials lied about the protesters’ behavior to justify that response. The lawsuit filed Monday alleges protesters’ constitutional rights were violated when police dispersed a crowd of about 150 people protesting after the Minneapolis death of George Floyd, at one point allegedly firing blindly into a cloud of smoke and tear gas with beanbags and...
    MinnPost photo by Peter CallaghanMinneapolis developed an EIS in 2009, but a report by the Department of Justice in 2015 found, among other things, that it was not being used uniformly.As calls for accountability from the Minneapolis Police Department continue to mount since the death of George Floyd, city officials are turning to data in hopes of identifying problematic police officers before they use excessive force.  In his pitch to reform the MPD, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced at a...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The city of Los Angeles has agreed to pay nearly $1 million to settle federal excessive force claims against an LAPD officer for firing his gun into a group of Black teenagers. On Thursday, the city announced it would pay $985,000 to settle the case against LAPD officer Michael Gutierrez, which was set to go to trial in August. Jamar Nicholson refutes that a friend of his was holding a fake gun when an LAPD officer...
    DENVER (CBS4) — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the City of Denver, claiming Denver police used excessive force when dealing with protesters in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of Black Lives Matter 5280. The complaint seeks an order banning Denver law enforcement from deploying tear gas and “less lethal” weapons on peaceful protesters. The lawsuit also seeks compensatory damages for violations of Constitutional rights on behalf of BLM 5280 and...
    PALO ALTO — A Palo Alto man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city’s police department alleging that an officer violently slammed him to the ground outside a doughnut shop last summer, then denied him medical care and lied about the incident. The lawsuit, filed by plaintiff Julio Arevalo on Wednesday, claims that Agent Thomas DeStefano assaulted and unlawfully arrested him in a parking lot on July 10, breaking a bone in Arevalo’s face and giving him...
    (CNN)A Black man who was slammed to the ground as he was wrongly arrested is suing the Georgia city of Valdosta and numerous Valdosta Police Department officers for excessive force and for violating his civil rights, according to court documents.In a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court, Antonio Arnelo Smith, a Valdosta resident, also accused the police department of illegal arrest, false detention, assault as well as battery and is seeking $700,000 in a settlement.The city attorney was served with...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- In light of excessive force complaints during Black Lives Matter protests that first hit San Jose three weeks ago, Mayor Sam Liccardo announced plans Wednesday to reform the police department, not defund it.He said he wants to make the San Jose Police Department a national model for accountability.Mayor Liccardo said he watched those first protests in person for two to three hours and thought police performed well.Then, reports started coming in, several from the I-Team...
    Twitter A screengrab of the Valdosta PD officer approaching Smith. The Valdosta Police Department in Georgia has been sued for excessive force in a February incident that left a Black resident injured. On February 8, 46-year-old Antonio Arnelo Smith was mistaken as the suspect in a panhandling investigation and the lawsuit states his arm was broken during the police interaction that followed. He is seeking $700,000 in compensation and punitive damages. The city of Valdosta posted on social...