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.
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The city of Los Angeles will pay as much as $30 million to assist thousands of individuals who have been subjected to unlawful curfews written into gang injunctions years after they were struck down as unconstitutional. The money, which will allocated towards job training programs for gang members, is the centerpiece of an agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department. The City Council voted unanimously to approve the deal and are awaiting judicial approval of the settlement.
On Monday, November 16, 2016, federal Southern District of New York Judge Rakoff issued an opinion in Adkins v. City of New York et al. recognizing transgender people as a "quasi-suspect" class under the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. Consequently, plaintiff Adkins will be permitted to pursue a discrimination claim against the city for the conditions of detention following his arrest in the Occupy Wall Street protests on the Brooklyn Bridge in October 2011.
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.
On November 10, 2015, the University of Chicago Law School's Civil Rights and Police Accountability Clinic announced a new interactive online database providing the general public with access to tens of thousands of Chicago police misconduct complaints.
On Tuesday, September 22, the Dallas City Council approved a civil settlement in the amount of $1.6 million for Bobby Bennett, who in 2013 was shot in the stomach by Dallas police officer Cardan Spencer. The settlement is reportedly the largest the city has ever paid to a single litigant naming the police department as a defendant.
On September 1, Los Angeles County approved a $1.6M settlement to be paid to the family of Austin Losorelli, 23, who committed suicide in the Men's Central Jail in 2013. Despite their awareness of his history of mental illness and attempted suicide, jail mental health workers and other staff repeatedly failed to place him in appropriate mental health housing; he was instead placed in a single-man cell, where he hung himself. His suicide was one of 10 at the jail in 2013 alone.
NPAP member attorneys at Redwood Law Office in St. Joseph, Illinois won a case for plaintiff William K. Hawkins, who received a judgment of $150,001.00 plus all of his costs and attorney’s fees against two Champaign, Illinois Police Officers.
NPAP member Maggie Coleman has settled a case for a plaintiff against the Western District of Pennsylvania that has amounted to $105,000 in damages.
In March of 2014, NPAP had signed on to an Amicus Brief from the ACLU regarding a case that went before the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, in support of Patti Hammond Shaw, a transgender female held in men's detention areas while in the custody of the Metropolitan Police Department and United States Marshals Service, and subjected to intrusive cross-gender searches.