Policing and Police Misconduct: News and Publications

NYC Agrees to Settle “Central Park 5” Suit for $40 Million

Five men, who were exonerated in 2002 after being convicted and imprisoned for a highly sensationalized crime, agreed to a settlement of $40 million from New York City to resolve a long-fought civil rights lawsuit.

The lawsuit had accused the city’s police and prosecutors of false arrest, malicious prosecution and a racially motivated conspiracy to deprive the men of their civil rights, allegations which former long-term NYC Mayor Bloomberg denied and fought vigorously for more than a decade in federal court.

NH Town Awards $57,000 Settlement for Wrongful Charge of Videotaping Police

The town of Weare, NH settled a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by a woman who was wrongfully charged for videotaping police at a traffic stop.

Gericke, the woman charged, was driving behind a friend on March 24, 2010, when her friend was pulled over. Gericke began to record the stop and was asked by the police to return to her car, but was not asked to stop recording. She was charged with illegal wiretapping later that day and filed suit in 2011. The charges were later dropped.

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.

8th Circuit Opinion in Doe v Gay Reverses the Trial Court’s Granting of Summary Judgment in a Case Involving the Sexual Assault of a Minor by a Police Officer.

Opinion attached.  The trial court ruled that plaintiffs had not made a sufficient showing of a policy or practice that allowed Defendant to sexually assault the minor Plaintiff.  The 8th Circuit reversed, saying that Plaintiff was entitled to introduce evidence of past police misconduct by the department that involved violence generally in addition to specific sexual misconduct.  Under this standard, Plaintiff succeeded in creating an issue of material fact sufficient to go to trial.