Excessive Force: News and Publications

$275,000 Settlement Reached in PA Police Abuse Case

A settlement has been reached in a suit brought by attorney and NPAP member Devon M. Jacob, claiming that his client was brutally beaten by two Pennsylvania State Police Troopers, in the presence of other troopers who failed to stop the beating. A portion of the attack was captured on video, lasted two minutes, and left the plaintiff requiring 30 stitches in his face. All of the involved troopers remain employed as active duty troopers.

City of Tallahassee Approves $475,000 Settlement in Case of Excessive Force

The city of Tallahassee, FL will pay $475,000 to settle a federal lawsuit brought by a woman who was left severely injured during a DUI arrest in August of 2013 that was captured on police dash-cam video.

On the date of the incident, the plaintiff crashed her SUV into an unoccupied home, but no one was seriously injured. Officers arrived and conducted field-sobriety tests before arresting the plaintiff and putting her in the back of a squad car. After getting her back out of the vehicle to adjust her handcuffs, the officers began using force to subdue her.

NYC Agrees to $2.75 Million Settlement in Wrongful Death of Man Being Held at Rikers Island

New York City has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from the December 2012 death of a man being held at Rikers Island after he suffered “blunt force trauma” to the head. The medical examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide.

The settlement is one of the largest paid by the city in recent years to resolve a lawsuit alleging violence against an inmate. It also comes at a time of heightened focus on violence in city jails.

Man settles Taser suit for $270,000

Reginald Johnson has settled his civil lawsuit charging excessive force against the city of Seaford, DE and a city police officer for $270,000.

The incident that was the focus of Johnson's suit was captured on video and showed two Seaford officers – who apparently believed that Johnson was someone else – pulling over Johnson's car, demanding he get out, and shooting him with a Taser while roughly handcuffing him.

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.

Springettsbury Township, Pennsylvania to pay $500,000 to settle two police brutality cases

NPAP member Devon M. Jacob represents the plaintiffs, who were subjected to excessive force and falsely charged with crimes in separate incidents involving officers from the Springettsbury Township Police Department.  Both instances of excessive force featured unnecessary use of a Taser as well as physical blows from punches, kicks, and knees.  Notably, portions of both incidents were caught on police dashcams, which captured video that directly contradicted the sworn testimony of the offending officers.