Arrest and Detention: News and Publications

$11.9M Verdict in PA Jail Suicide Case

In September 2016, a federal jury found that prison health care provider PrimeCare Medical Inc. must pay a combined $11.9 million to the estate of Mumun "Marty" Barbaros, who committed suicide in Pennsylvania's Monroe County Jail in 2009 following deliberate indifference on the part of jail staff to attend to his medical needs. The sum includes $8 million in punitive damages.

$187K Settlement for CA Woman Beaten During Traffic Stop

In August 2016, the city of Arvin, California agreed to settle for $187,000 in a case brought by a woman who was beaten by a police officer during a 2013 traffic stop for a broken tail light. Because the plaintiff did not in fact have a broken tail light, she refused to sign the officer's ticket and asked for a supervisor. The defendant officer ultimately grabbed her by the neck and slammed her against the hood of his car, causing back injuries.

San Diego County Settles Jail Detainee's Overdose Death for $2.3M

On August 2, 2016, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted uaninmously to approve a settlement in the amount of $2.3 million for the family of Bernard Victorianne, who died in San Diego's central jail in 2012.

NPAP member attorneys Julia Yoo and Eugene Iredale represented Victorianne, alleging that his death resulted from "a systemic failure to investigate incidents of misconduct and deaths in the jail.”

$115K Settlement for Oregon Man Assaulted by Police Officer in Jail

In July 2016, the city of Eugene, Oregon agreed to pay $115,000 in a pre-litigation settlement to Arik Bumpas, who was assaulted by a city police officer at the Lane County Jail. The officer in question, John Sharlow, was already found guilty of misdemeanor assault and official misconduct in connection with the 2014 incident, which was filmed by a surveillance camera in the jail.

Investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department (USDOJ Civil Rights Division)

U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division

The United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division issues its August 10, 2016 report on the Baltimore Police Department's "pattern or practice of conduct that violates the United States Constitution and laws and conduct that raises serious concerns." The report condemns the BPD's unconstitutional stops, searches, arrests, its regular use of unreasonable force and overly aggressive tactics, and its pattern of racial, ablist, and gendered discrimination, among other areas in which the BPD fails to serve its community.

Jasper County, TX Prisoner Accepts "Six Figure" Settlement Following Burning and Scarring

On May 23, 2016, the family of Bruce Turner, a 23 year old prisoner in the Texas's Jasper County Jail, reached a "six figure" settlement with the county after he was severely burned on his face and back at the jail and subsequently refused medical treatment. Following an investigation by the Texas Commision on Jail Standards the jail was cited for not following an approved health services plan and for not following the approved assault-and-disturbance plan.

Los Angeles to Pay Over $24M to Men Imprisoned for Decades on Wrongful Convictions

The Los Angeles City Council has agreed to pay more than $24 million to settle lawsuits from two men who alleged that dishonest investigative tactics by LAPD detectives led to their wrongful murder convictions and caused them to spend decades of their lives incarcerated. 

Kash Delano Register, who won his freedom in 2013 after lawyers and students from Loyola Law School cast doubt on the testimony of a key prosecution witness, will receive $16.7 million — the largest settlement in an individual civil rights case in the city’s history.

SDNY Judge Holds Transgender Protester May Sue NYC for Discriminatory Detention Conditions

On Monday, November 16, 2016, federal Southern District of New York Judge Rakoff issued an opinion in Adkins v. City of New York et al. recognizing transgender people as a "quasi-suspect" class under the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. Consequently, plaintiff Adkins will be permitted to pursue a discrimination claim against the city for the conditions of detention following his arrest in the Occupy Wall Street protests on the Brooklyn Bridge in October 2011.