Category Archives: Excessive force

WaPo: The Watch Blog: On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear a case with major implications for the Second and Fourth Amendments

WaPo: The Watch Blog: On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear a case with major implications for the Second and Fourth Amendments by Radley Balko:

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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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NYTimes: Door-Busting Drug Raids Leave a Trail of Blood

NYTimes: Door-Busting Drug Raids Leave a Trail of Blood by Kevin Sack: Using SWAT officers to storm into homes to execute search warrants has led time and again to avoidable deaths, gruesome injuries and costly legal settlements. (with video)

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WaPo: ‘The Watch’ Blog: Jeff Sessions dismisses DOJ reports on police abuse without bothering to read them

WaPo: ‘The Watch’ Blog: Jeff Sessions dismisses DOJ reports on police abuse without bothering to read them by Radley Balko: The AG should say when he thinks federal intervention is necessary, and when it isn’t.

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WaPo: ‘The Watch’ Blog: A day with ‘killology’ police trainer Dave Grossman

WaPo: ‘The Watch’ Blog: A day with ‘killology’ police trainer Dave Grossman by Radley Balko: These classes are getting increasingly popular at a time when the dominant political party seems to believe police officers should be given more latitude, get … Continue reading

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WaPo: ‘The Watch’ Blog: 11th Circuit: Cops weren’t given enough notice that police tactics used for decades are unconstitutional

WaPo: ‘The Watch’ Blog: 11th Circuit: Cops weren’t given enough notice that police tactics used for decades are unconstitutional by Radley Balko:

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CA10: QI applies to suit by driver and his child in car over police shooting driver

Several officers attempted to stop plaintiff at 3:50 am, and he finally stopped. One officer got in front of the car with a shotgun, and the car moved forward. That officer fired two shots from a shotgun at the driver, … Continue reading

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NY1: Issue of fact on PC precludes SJ of assault and battery claim

An “issue of fact as to probable cause for [an] arrest precludes summary dismissal of [an] assault and battery claim”. Burgos-Lugo v. City of New York, 2017 NY Slip Op 00534, 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 536 (Jan. 26, 2017).* … Continue reading

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WY: Jury instruction on the state version of the 4A wasn’t proper in case involving use of force against officer in his house

One is not entitled to use excessive force against a police officer unlawfully in the home. The officer must also be using excessive force. Defendant’s proffered jury instruction that merely recited the state constitutional provision on search and seizure was … Continue reading

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Police One: What cops need to know about TASER use, the Fourth Amendment and excessive use of force

Police One: What cops need to know about TASER use, the Fourth Amendment and excessive use of force by Mike Callahan By analyzing case law, we can glean constitutional guidance concerning when the use of a TASER is lawfully appropriate … Continue reading

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