On Tuesday, May 31 2016, a Cuyahoga County, Ohio jury returned a verdict in the amount of $22 million for Arnold Black, who in 2012 was severely beaten by detective Randy Hicks. Hicks had erroneously identified Black's truck as one he had been tipped off would contain a kilogram of cocaine, and when he realized his mistake, he began to punch Black in the face and head. Hicks' partner, patrol officer Jonathan O'Leary, held Black upright during the assault.
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In October 2012, Juan Jose Palma was shot directly in the head by Inglewood police officer Landon Poirier. Poirer later attempted to justify the shooting to investigators by saying that Palma looked as if he was reaching for a weapon and had repeatedly ignored commands to show his hands during an encounter that reported lasted less than 15 seconds.
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.
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.
On March 8, 2014, an incident occurred that resulted in Steve Widdowson being arrested by Sgt. Ray Corll and charged with Public Drunkenness. During the course of the arrest, Sgt. Corll struck Mr. Widdowson. Widdowson’s friend, Tami Jones, was also cited and arrested for public drunkenness. Widdowson filed a complaint with the Lancaster Bureau of Police (LBP) alleging that the force used by Corll was excessive. The Lancaster Police Bureau investigated and concluded that Mr.
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.
On Friday, February 12, a jury in Brooklyn returned a guilty verdict of manslaughter and official misconduct for New York Police Department officer Peter Liang, who shot Akai Gurley dead in a dark stairwell of Brooklyn's Pink Houses on November 20, 2014. Gurley, 28, was unarmed and innocent of any wrongdoing; Liang testified the shooting was accidental. However, following the shooting, Liang placed a call to his sergeant's cellphone, rather than using his radio to communicate on record as is pursuant to department policy.
On January 14, 2016, a federal jury ruled that a Eugene, OR motorcyclist's civil rights were violated when his clavicle was broken by a state trooper who kicked him in the chest during a traffic stop. Before the stop, Justin Wilkens had been followed for a short distance by Oregon State Police Capt. Rob Edwards, who was driving an unmarked vehicle and observed Wilkens speeding; Wilkens did not immediately pull over when Edwards gave chase.
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 November 10, 2015, Los Angeles radio station KPCC launched its "Officer Involved" series, analyzing investigatory summaries obtained from the Los Angeles district attorney detailing 375 shootings of civilians by the county's 45 law enforcement agencies from 2010-14 and collating that data with other public records.