Category Archives: Police misconduct

D.Mass.: Evidence that officer condoned CI planting evidence survives MSJ

Plaintiff had enough evidence of CI misconduct in planting evidence and police turning a blind eye toward it to survive summary judgment. Santiago v. Lafferty, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49177 (D. Mass. March 31, 2017):

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LA Times: If sheriff’s deputies are involved in misconduct, prosecutors have to know

LA Times: If sheriff’s deputies are involved in misconduct, prosecutors have to know (Editorial) There are about 300 Los Angeles County deputy sheriffs and higher-ranking officials whose personnel files include evidence that they lied, took bribes, used excessive force or … Continue reading

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CA10: Random drug testing of juvenile detention supervisors was reasonable

The special needs doctrine justified warrantless random drug testing of juvenile detention officers. A documented problem of drug abuse is not required before they can be tested. The government satisfies its burden for random drug testing in this context balanced … Continue reading

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WaPo: ‘The Watch’ Blog: South Carolina police shot a man to pieces over $100 worth of pot, then lied about it

WaPo: ‘The Watch’ Blog: South Carolina police shot a man to pieces over $100 worth of pot, then lied about it by Radley Balko: Prosecutors drop drug charges against Julian Betton after cops’ account of the raid that paralyzed him … Continue reading

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Miami Herald: Ex-cop convicted of stealing from drivers during traffic stops

Miami Herald: Ex-cop convicted of stealing from drivers during traffic stop by David J. Neal:

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WaPo: The Watch Blog: DOJ report: Arrests without PC, held for days without a lawyer; here it’s a “CID hold”

WaPo: The Watch Blog by Radley Balko: Incredible Justice Department report finds brazen and systemic police abuse in Louisiana. Officers in two departments made hundreds of “secret” arrests without probable cause. The arrests typically included strip-searches, and arrestees could be … Continue reading

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WaPo: The culture around Trump and the troubling message to police

WaPo: The culture around Trump and the troubling message to police by Steven Hale: Over the past several years there has been much discussion about police culture and how, in some cases, it might contribute to the disturbing incidents we … Continue reading

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techdirt: Las Vegas PD Continues To Use Faulty $2 Drug Field Tests Because Convictions Matter More Than Justice

techdirt: Las Vegas PD Continues To Use Faulty $2 Drug Field Tests Because Convictions Matter More Than Justice by Tim Cushing:

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LawNewz: LISTEN: Cops Accidentally Recorded Themselves Making Up Charges Against Protester, Lawsuit Says

LawNewz: LISTEN: Cops Accidentally Recorded Themselves Making Up Charges Against Protester, Lawsuit Says by Alberto Luperon:

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New law review article: How Governments Pay: Lawsuits, Budgets, and Police Reform

Joanna C. Schwartz, How Governments Pay: Lawsuits, Budgets, and Police Reform, 63 UCLA L. Rev. 1144 (2016). Abstract:

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The New Yorker: The Crisis of Police Militarization

The New Yorker: The Crisis of Police Militarization by Dexter Filkins: “‘Do Not Resist’ traces the transformation of police departments into forces that look like our military—and often act like it.” And I always thought there might be a psycho-sexual … Continue reading

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The Atlantic: An App That Tracks the Police to Keep Them in Check

The Atlantic: An App That Tracks the Police to Keep Them in Check by Kevah Waddell: New software will help low-income people and communities of color to record their experiences with law enforcement—in order to create a crowdsourced map of … Continue reading

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