police misconduct

Lawyer Response to ETP’s Reckless Mistreatment of Protesters at the L’eau Est La Vie Pipeline Resistance Camp

By |2018-07-27T16:01:56+00:00July 27th, 2018|Cases, Current Cases, Know Your Rights, News|

As water protectors continue to stand up to the construction […]

Water Protectors file class action suit for retaliation and excessive force against brutal police

By |2017-08-02T13:13:43+00:00November 28th, 2016|Articles, Cases, Current Cases, News|

The civil rights complaint seeks justice against the constitutional violations perpetuated against the mostly Native American water protectors, including claims of retaliation and police brutality by law enforcement, as well suing the Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, and City of Mandan Chief of Police Jason Ziegler for maintaining policies, customs, and practices that led to grave violations of Plaintiffs’ rights secured by the U.S. Constitution.

Update: Militarized Police Presence at Standing Rock

By |2016-10-26T12:08:52+00:00October 26th, 2016|Articles, Cases, Current Cases, Info, News|

This morning the outrageous unprecedented militarized police presence at Standing Rock has taken a turn for the worse. Hundreds of police have surrounded the front lines camp, road blockades have popped up everywhere, and water protectors are currently surrounded by militarized darth vader like cop goons.

Federal appeals court rejects police use of taser against man recovering from diabetic seizure

By |2016-06-15T10:59:06+00:00June 15th, 2016|Articles, News|

Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, which sets legal precedent for the states of Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, ruled that a jury could find that police used unconstitutional excessive force when they tasered a man recovering from a diabetic seizure.

Police in Massachusetts and New York held accountable for civil rights violations in court

By |2016-02-09T11:48:58+00:00February 9th, 2016|Articles, Info, News|

Last week, victims of civil rights abuses by police scored two victories in Massachusetts and New York. In Massachusetts, in Stamps v. Framingham, the federal First Circuit Court of Appeals held that a police officer who holds a loaded gun at the head of a non-threatening, compliant individual, with the gun’s safety off, cannot avoid civil liability for accidentally shooting and killing the individual. In New York, in Held v. Christian, a police officer agreed in a court settlement to pay $45,000 to an individual whose nude photos he stole after taking possession of her cell phone during a routine traffic stop.

Federal appeals court finds police use of taser on nonviolent bystander to be unlawful

By |2016-01-11T11:19:46+00:00January 11th, 2016|Articles, News|

Last week, in Kent v Oakland County, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision finding that police officers could not be shielded from a civil rights lawsuit by a victim of excessive police force involving in a taser.

Glimmers of Hope

By |2016-12-05T18:09:57+00:00April 28th, 2015|Articles, News|

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a rare glimmer of hope in a case called Rodriguez v. United States. In the case, the court held that police cannot extend a routine traffic stop to use a drug dog to sniff a stopped vehicle for drugs.

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