A federal judge ordered the city of Gardena, CA to release video footage of police fatally shooting an unarmed man in 2013. This came after several media and news organizations requested that the judge unseal the videos under a First Amendment right to access court documents. Gardena officials argued that releasing the footage would skew judgement about the officers' behavior, but the judge dismissed that idea, noting that public may very well see the videos and reach the same conclusion as prosecutors in that the shooting was justified.
Wrongful Death: News and Publications
New York City reached a settlement with the family of Eric Garner, agreeing to pay $5.9 million to resolve a wrongful-death claim over his killing by the police on Staten Island in July 2014.
The settlement marks a pivotal moment in the extremely well know case, when two officers approached Mr. Garner as he stood unarmed on a sidewalk, and accused him of selling untaxed cigarettes. One of the officers used a chokehold to subdue him, which was cited by the medical examiner as a cause of Mr. Garner’s death.
Alameda County and Corizon Health, Inc., a national corporation that provides health care services to correctional facilities, have agreed to pay $8.3 million dollars to the four children of Martin Harrison, who was killed by deputies in the Santa Rita Jail in August 2010.
A settlement has been reached stemming from a highly publicized incident that occurred in the Bronx in 2012. The family of Ramarley Graham, a teenager that was shot in his own bathroom by a police officer, has agreed to accept a $3.9 million dollar settlement from the city.
A civil court jury has awarded $8 million to the family of Darren Burley, who died during a violent fight with police in Compton.
In August 2012, police responded to a call of what was identified as a misdemeanor assault. During the arrest, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies admit to punching, Tasering and piling onto the suspect to get handcuffs on Burley. Attorneys for Burley's family say they also put him in a choke hold, which sheriff's officials deny.
A federal jury on Tuesday awarded record $4.65 million to the family of a Marvin Booker, a homeless street preacher who died during a struggle with deputies while being held in a Denver, CO jail.
During the incident in July 2010, four deputies and a sergeant shocked Marvin with a taser, put him in a "sleeper hold" and lay on top of him in an effort to control him during booking. City officials said they have not yet decided whether to appeal the judgment, which includes punitive damages, funeral costs, attorney’s fees, and the loss of enjoyment of life.
A $2.5 million settlement was reached in a lawsuit against the Board of Trustees of California State University, in connection with the death of the plaintiffs’ son, Bartholomew Williams, during a confrontation with CSU San Bernardino police officers.
New York City has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from the December 2012 death of a man being held at Rikers Island after he suffered “blunt force trauma” to the head. The medical examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide.
The settlement is one of the largest paid by the city in recent years to resolve a lawsuit alleging violence against an inmate. It also comes at a time of heightened focus on violence in city jails.
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.