police misconduct

July 2018

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|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Know Your Rights, News|Tags: , , , |

As water protectors continue to stand up to the construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline, in the Atchafayala Basin, reckless intimidation from Energy Transfer Partners is on the rise! They are asking for protection from Louisiana State Police, and are receiving none. CLDC stands in solidarity with these activists and […]

November 2017

Water Protector Undeterred One Year After Standing Rock Police Brutality

By |2018-06-15T12:45:11+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sophia Wilansky was just 21 years old when she gathered with other Water Protectors on the Backwater bridge north of the Standing Rock encampment in North Dakota. She had come to the Oceti Sakowin camp in solidarity with the indigenous led movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from destroying […]

November 2016

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

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

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.

October 2016

Update: Militarized Police Presence at Standing Rock

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

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.

In Standing Rock, The Cops Are Out of Control

By |2018-11-19T16:51:28+00:00October 20th, 2016|Categories: About, Cases, Current Cases, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

The police have demonstrated zeal over the last few months focusing their resources and energies on one goal: ensuring that the Dakota Access Pipeline is built—and built on time.

September 2016

A Few Bad Apples?

By |2018-11-19T16:56:45+00:00September 2nd, 2016|Categories: Articles, Info, News|Tags: , , |

Make no mistake about it, when police engage in violence against people of color, they are doing just what they were intended to do. It is not now nor has it ever been a failure of the system due to a few bad apples. If you’re black or brown or poor in this country, the police were never there to protect and serve you.

June 2016

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

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

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.

February 2016

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

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

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.

January 2016

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

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

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.

April 2015

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