Emotionally Disturbed People: News and Publications

Saginaw Firing Squad Case Settled

The civil rights case on behalf of the Estate of Milton Hall, over the horrifying “firing squad” execution by officers of the Saginaw Police Department on July 1, 2012 was settled post- filing, but pre-discovery, on March 14, 2014.  It settled for $725,000.  The incident, which involved a 49 year old, mentally disturbed African-American man in the parking lot of a busy shopping center in midday, and witnessed by scores of people, arose out of the taking of a cup of coffee from a gas station.

Portland NLG & NPAP Members Secure a Place at the Bargaining Table

On February 19, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon ruled that the AMA Coalition for Justice and Police Reform can participate in mediation with the City of Portland, the Department of Justice and the Portland Police Union to address a settlement agreement on police reforms. The settlement agreement arises out of a suit by the U.S. Department of Justice, which alleges that Portland Police use excessive force in interactions with people who are mentally ill, or who are perceived to be mentally ill.

Wrongful Death Pepperspray Case Settles for $4 Million

The widow of an Ohio man who died after being repeatedly pepper sprayed in a southwest Florida Lee County Jail in Ft. Myers last week settled her wrongful death lawsuit against the county's sheriff, the jail's medical provider (Prison Health Services, now known as Corizon), and several deputies and nurses. The settlement on the eve of trial was $4 million.