On January 12, 2013, Pennsylvania State Police engaged Stephen R. Gracey in a dangerous vehicle pursuit near Scotland in Franklin County, P.A. Police were able to disable Gracey's vehicle; tackling and slamming him facedown to the ground. During the assault, some PA state troopers watched on while others restrained him. Several troopers piled on top of Gracey after he was down, one trooper admitted to striking him with a closed fist and kneeing him in the back.
Civil Rights Litigation, Generally: News and Publications
On February 9, 2016, after five and a half years of intense litigation, two of the dozens of persons injured in a police riot at the Capitol Building in Puerto Rico, reached a settlement with the Government of Puerto Rico, indemnifying the defendants.
The City of Albuquerque has agreed to a $3 million dollar settlement in the case of a high school police intern who was sexually assaulted by an officer during a ride-along, the largest settlement of its kind in New Mexico history.
The city of Los Angeles will pay as much as $30 million to assist thousands of individuals who have been subjected to unlawful curfews written into gang injunctions years after they were struck down as unconstitutional. The money, which will allocated towards job training programs for gang members, is the centerpiece of an agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department. The City Council voted unanimously to approve the deal and are awaiting judicial approval of the settlement.
The family of Danroy “D.J.” Henry, the young college student from Easton, N.Y., who was shot and killed under dubious circumstances by a Pleasantville police officer, has reached a $6 million dollar settlement with the town and the officer. The settlement is currently awaiting judicial approval.
In 2012, Michael Faziani moved to the town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, for therapeutic use of the local hot springs to remedy his chronic back pain. After failing to report a minor motor accident he was involved in at a local McDonald's drive-thru, Faziani was arrested and booked at the Sierra County Detention Center. After informing jail guards he had bipolar disorder, he was placed in solitary confinement for approximately 18 days.
On January 3, 2014, Hung Lam, a Vietnamese national, was shot at home by a police officer in San Jose, California. On the day in question, Lam was experiencing suicidal urges following a domestic argument. He held a knife and threatened self-harm.
On Tuesday, December 15, the City of Milwaukee offered a settlement of $5 million to 74 African-American residents who had filed a number of separate lawsuits over the city police's illegal strip and body cavity searches. Four officers were forced to resign after being convicted of crimes in connection with the searches, which the plaintiffs allege were approved and encouraged by the officers' superiors.
On Thursday, November 19, US District for the District of Columbia Judge Richard Roberts authorized a settlement in the amount of $16.65 million in the case of Donald E. Gates, 64, who was framed in 1981 by D.C. homicide detectives for a murder he did not commit; Gates spent 27 years in prison before until DNA testing exonerated him.
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.