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.
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The family of Corey McGinnis has resolved its civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit against the City of North College Hill, Ohio. McGinnis died after being tased in the chest on June 26, 2012. The settlement also includes a number of changes in taser policy and training.
A lawsuit filed on behalf of a man who died after being placed in a choke hold by Penns Grove borough police has been settled for $2 million. A U.S. District Judge approved the payout after reviewing plans to distribute part of the proceeds in trusts for the plaintiff's four minor children.
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.
A federal appeals court has struck down a Los Angeles law which makes it illegal for people to live in their vehicles.
The decision comes as U.S. cities are increasingly enacting similar bans, such as camping in public places and sitting or lying on sidewalks.
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.
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.
Gabriel Carrillo, who was beaten by LA County sheriff's deputies while visiting his brother at Men's Central Jail in early 2011, will be paid close to $1.2 million to settle his civil rights lawsuit.
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.
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.