Category Archives: Excessive force

cnn.com: Police use Taser on 87-year-old woman cutting dandelions with a knife

cnn.com: Police use Taser on 87-year-old woman cutting dandelions with a knife by Keith Allen: (CNN)An 87-year-old grandmother using a knife to cut dandelions in the woods near her rural Georgia home last week was taken down by a police … Continue reading

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msn.com: Chicago cops pointed guns at children while raiding the wrong address, lawsuit says

msn.com: Chicago cops pointed guns at children while raiding the wrong address, lawsuit says by Tony Briscoe:

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CA9: Bivens permits cause of action against Border Patrol agent for shooting a Mexican citizen across the border who posed no threat

In a 2-1 decision, the Ninth Circuit held Bivens permitted an action against a US Border Patrol agent who shot from the U.S. into Mexico and killed a Mexican teenager. In addition, there was no qualified immunity. Rodriguez v. Swartz, … Continue reading

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WaPo: ‘The Watch’ Blog: Mississippi cops went to the wrong house and killed an innocent man. A grand jury just refused to indict them.

WaPo: ‘The Watch’ Blog: Mississippi cops went to the wrong house and killed an innocent man. A grand jury just refused to indict them. by Radley Balko: After just over a year, we finally have some news about the death … Continue reading

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Newsweek: Police Are Three Times More Likely to Kill Black Men, Study Finds: ‘Not a Problem Confined to a Single Region’

Newsweek: Police Are Three Times More Likely to Kill Black Men, Study Finds: ‘Not a Problem Confined to a Single Region’ by Scottie Andrew: Police violence and homicide have persistently and disproportionately affected black communities for decades. A new study … Continue reading

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NY Daily News: A chokehold on justice: The NYPD is right to lose patience with the feds

NY Daily News: A chokehold on justice: The NYPD is right to lose patience with the feds: Four years ago today, Eric Garner tried to raise a few extra dollars by selling individual cigarettes. His day and his life would … Continue reading

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NYTimes: Ketamine Used to Subdue Dozens at Request of Minneapolis Police, Report Says

NYTimes: Ketamine Used to Subdue Dozens at Request of Minneapolis Police, Report Says by Christopher Mele:

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WaPo: A police officer was fired after video showed him running down a fleeing suspect with his car

WaPo: A police officer was fired after video showed him running down a fleeing suspect with his car by Avi Selk. The suspect was fleeing a drug probation violation stop.

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CA6: Decedent’s putting gun to head during execution of SW at his house justified deadly force against him

Officers executing a search warrant had the target pull a gun and put it to his head, so one shot him, and he died. There was a factual dispute about whether the officers properly knocked-and-announced before entry, but that’s not … Continue reading

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NPR: Police Shootings Stir Outrage Among Some, But Not The Supreme Court

NPR: Police Shootings Stir Outrage Among Some, But Not The Supreme Court by Nina Totenburg: The U.S. Supreme Court has again stepped into the bitter public turmoil over police shootings of civilians, ruling Monday that an Arizona police officer is … Continue reading

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SCOTUS: Qualified immunity for shooting a woman holding a knife in an apparent threatening manner

In Kisela v. Hughes, 17-467 (U.S. April 2, 2018), decided on the cert petition and response, the Supreme Court held that an officer who shot a woman holding a knife in an apparent threatening manner [although that seems to be … Continue reading

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ABAJ: Courts are awarding significant damages to families whose dogs are killed by police

ABAJ: Courts are awarding significant damages to families whose dogs are killed by police by Arin Greenwood:

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