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Brief • March 17, 2017
Masters v. City of Independence, MO, Complaint, TASER cardiac arrest, 2016 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI WESTERN DIVISION BRYCE E. MASTERS, Plaintiff, v. CITY OF INDEPENDENCE, CHIEF OF POLICE TOM DAILEY, SGT. BRYCE BLACKMORE, TIMOTHY RUNNELS, TASER INTERNATIONAL, INC., and PATRICK “RICK” SMITH, ...
Brief • March 16, 2017
Nall v. City of Painesville, OH, Complaint, Excessive Force with Taser, 2010 Case: 1:10-cv-02883 Doc #: 1 Filed: 12/21/10 1 of 12. PageID #: 1 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO EASTERN DIVISION DAVID LEE NALL, by and through his guardian and next friend, Elizabeth Goodwin, c/o David ...
Brief • March 15, 2017
Andison v. Clark County, WA, Settlement, police excessive force disabled elderly, 2016 MAY 2016 settlement - U.S. DISTRICT COURT - WESTERN DISTRICT MSRY T.EE ANDTSON AND ANniSON V. CLflPK COUNTY, CITY OF VANCOUVER' ET AL. Number: 3:14-CV-05492-RBL Settlement Date: 3/21/16 TZlTZTo'U aZ C0««; D.nl.l Lloyd. CLt, Attorney's Offices (Vancouver) for ...
Article • March 14, 2017
Eighth Circuit: Improperly Filed Habeas Petitions Should Be Converted to Bivens Action by On December 17, 2014, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals revived a case brought by a state prisoner who alleged in a habeas corpus petition that his Eighth Amendment rights had been violated by a prison ...
Jailers in California, Georgia Acquitted of Abusing Prisoners by Matthew Clarke In unrelated cases, jail guards charged with abusing prisoners were acquitted of the most serious charges filed against them in California and Georgia. Former jail deputies Christopher Johnson and Robert Kirsh were acquitted by a federal jury on the ...
Michigan Jail Prisoner’s Family Sues over Death after Beating by Guards by The family of a prisoner who died about a week after being assaulted by guards at Michigan’s Wayne County Jail (WCJ) filed a wrongful death lawsuit in April 2015. The suit alleges inadequate medical care, and seeks $25 ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Prisoners Say They Paid a Bloody Price for a Guard’s Injury by Tom Robbins Prisoners describe a rampage by correctional officers in a New York prison. The prisoners were just starting their day on July 6, 2016 when dozens of corrections officers burst into their dormitory, shouting for everyone to ...
New York Prisoner’s $150,001 Judgment Reversed Due to Hearsay Evidence by In April 2016, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a $150,001 judgment awarded to a New York prisoner, holding the district court had erred in admitting a hearsay report as evidence. Isidro Abascal filed a civil rights action ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
$1.5M Settlement in Oklahoma Jail Beating by Lonnie Burton Cherokee County, Oklahoma officials agreed to pay $1.5 million to the estate of a man who was brutally beaten by jail guards in 2011. The Cherokee County Governmental Building Authority approved the settlement in an executive session meeting on January 27, ...
The Violent American Epidemic You Won’t Hear About: Why Prison Abuse Goes Unreported and Unpunished by Daniel Denvir A culture of silence pervades America’s penal system, where victims have little recourse against powerful abusers by Daniel Denvir, Salon In April 2015, New York Administrative Law Judge Faye Lewis recommended that Rikers ...
At Virginia's Supermax Prisons, Isolation and Abuse Persist Despite Reforms by By Katie Rose Quandt and Jack Denton, Solitary Watch Red Onion State Prison, a supermax complex in the southwest corner of Virginia near the Kentucky border, has long had a reputation as one of the harshest prisons in the nation. ...
Alaska Prisoner Deaths Criticized in Report by The deaths of four Alaska prisoners has placed a focus on that state’s prison system.  The handling of the deaths and a lack of training was criticized in a report that preceded the replacement of corrections commissioner. Gov. Bill Walker called the report’s ...
Orange Crush: The Rise of Tactical Teams in Prison by Brian Dolinar by Brian Dolinar, Truthout Since Ferguson, there has been a public outcry over militarized police who shoot down African Americans on the streets of our cities, but less is known beyond prison walls about guards who regularly brutalize those ...
Summary Judgment Reversed in Puerto Rican Arrestee’s Wrongful Death Suit by In February 2016, the First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a grant of summary judgment to Puerto Rico police officers in a civil rights action alleging they used excessive force against an arrestee and denied him medical care. The ...
Georgia Prison Guards Face Sexual Assault Charges by Two prison guards have been criminally charged with sexually assaulting prisoners at the Emanuel Women’s Facility in Twin City, Georgia. Capt. Edgar Daniel Johnson was the highest ranking officer at the prison, and Channel 2 Action News was present to record his ...
Krome Detention Center has Long History of Detainee Abuse by David Reutter Immigration reform was a recurring theme in the recent presidential election. The national debate has focused on what should be done with the millions of undocumented immigrants who reside in the United States, but as events at the ...
Three California Jail Guards Charged with Murdering One Prisoner, Assaulting Another by Christopher Zoukis Three California jail guards have been charged with assaulting and murdering a mentally ill prisoner after he was found unresponsive in his cell shortly after midnight on August 27, 2015. Santa Clara County jail deputies Jereh ...
Mississippi: Hinds County Jails in Crisis, Face Mandated Reforms by David Reutter The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a letter in May 2015 that described the findings of an investigation which concluded two jails in Hinds County, Mississippi were violating prisoners’ rights. The county has since entered into a ...
Shackled South African Prisoner Beaten by GEO Guards Wins Lawsuit by Derek Gilna In May 2016, private prison firm The GEO Group, which operates the maximum-security Louis Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Centre in Louis Trichard, South Africa, lost a lawsuit that alleged the company’s guards beat a prisoner while he was ...
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