In February, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided in favor of Phillip Turner in Turner v. Driver. Turner was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car after refusing to identify himself when approached by police officers. The officers had approached him because he was video recording a Fort Worth police station from a public sidewalk.
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In July 2016, New York City agreed to pay $614,500 to Jateik Reed in settlement for his brutal 2012 beating in the Bronx by 42nd Precinct NYPD officers. Reed was 19 in January 2012 when he and several friends were stopped and frisked; when Reed questioned the legality of his detainment, officers began beating him with their batons.
"Police have great power. Civilian recording of police officers serves the public’s vital interest in ensuring that police exercise this power lawfully. Video taken by civilians using cameras and cellphones has on many occasions exposed police misconduct that would otherwise remain hidden. Many recordings, such as the famous Rodney King sequence, have begun with relatively innocent, unremarkable conduct before quickly becoming violent. Video has spurred action at all levels of government to address police misconduct and to protect civil rights. Civilian recording serves important purposes not met by police dashboard and body cameras."
Brief of National Police Accountability Project in Support of Petitioners Richard Fields and Amanda Geraci. Authored by David Milton, Law Offices of Howard Friedman, PC with Patrick G. Geckle and John Burton.
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.
A New York jury awarded $185,000 in damages to four plaintiffs who sued NYC and a pair of NYPD supervisors over their wrongful arrests during a protest march at the 2004 Republican National Convention.
New York City is paying a settlement of $583,024 to 14 protesters who were wrongfully arrested for disorderly conduct on January 1, 2012 during an Occupy Wall Street march.