Policing and Police Misconduct: News and Publications

A Mutated Rule: Lack of Enforcement In the Face of Persistent Chokehold Complaints in New York City

NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board
NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board

"In July 2014, CCRB Board Chair Richard Emery, in the wake of the tragic death of Eric Garner and on behalf of his fellow Board members, asked the CCRB staff to undertake an objective, comprehensive assessment of chokehold complaints made to the CCRB. This study investigates chokehold complaints, primarily from January 2009 until June 2014, in order to report findings and make recommendations to the Police Commissioner and the public. After documenting and evaluating five and a half years of chokehold complaints, their patterns and the likely causes of their persistence, this report recommends ways in which the CCRB and the NYPD can collaborate to reduce chokehold incidents and eliminate future chokehold tragedies. This report is an agency report prepared by staff as directed by the Chair."

$13.3M Settlement and Public Apology for Multiple 2005 New Orleans Officer Killings

On Monday, December 19th 2016, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu spoke during a Xavier University press conference convened to announce settlements in connection with several Department incidents of misconduct circa 2005's Hurricane Katrina. Speaking on behalf of the city, which has agreed to pay $13.3M to 17 different plaintiffs, four of whom were killed by New Orleans Police Department officers, Mayor Landrieu publicly apologized to the families of the victims.

$614K Settlement for Excessive Force Following Illegal NYPD Stop-and-Frisk

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.

$525K Settlement for San Jose Victim of Brain Damage Inducing Police Assault

On Tuesday, December  6th, the City of San Jose, California agreed to pay Dawit Alemayehu $525,000 in settlement for permanent brain damage he suffered at the hands of San Jose police officer Jorge Garibay. Alemayehu was 26 in 2013 when he was arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness. Following a miscommuncation between Alemayehu and another officer about removing his belt while handcuffed, Garibay knocked Alemayehu face down to the concrete ground with a leg sweep.

The State of Policing in the United States, Volume 1

Community Oriented Policing Service
Department of Justice

On December 5th, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services published its report, The State of Policing in the United States, Volume 1, at a White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs briefing in Massachusetts.

"One of the recommendations of the Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing was the delivery of an annual report on the state of American policing, which would provide an updated overview of events and changes in policies and practices, as well as their impact on police officers and the public. This inaugural report reviews law enforcement activities and developments from January 2015 to March 2016 and offers research and other resources for more in-depth analysis.  Divided into three sections, the first part identifies the many ways in which the field was tested, including topics such as excessive use of force. The second section discusses community policing approaches and other strategies that police used to engage their communities and enhance public safety. The third section examines the impact of events and policies on law enforcement officers and their work."

Jury Awards $3M to Family of Man Tased to Death by Ferguson Missouri Officer

On November 4th, 2016, a federal jury awarded $3 million to the family of Jason Moore, who died at 31 in 2011 after being Tased four times by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer while naked and unarmed.

The jurors found that former Ferguson Officer Brian Kaminski used excessive force on Moore, as well as failing to properly monitor, discipline and supervise his fellow officers. During his encounter with Moore, Kaminski fired his Taser four times, three of which after Moore had already fallen to the ground and without providing time for him to respond to Kaminski's commands.

$115K Settlement for Oregon Man Assaulted by Police Officer in Jail

In July 2016, the city of Eugene, Oregon agreed to pay $115,000 in a pre-litigation settlement to Arik Bumpas, who was assaulted by a city police officer at the Lane County Jail. The officer in question, John Sharlow, was already found guilty of misdemeanor assault and official misconduct in connection with the 2014 incident, which was filmed by a surveillance camera in the jail.

Investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department (USDOJ Civil Rights Division)

U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division

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.