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$200,000 Settlement Over Oklahoma Jail Prisoner’s Death by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke A $200,000 settlement in a lawsuit filed over the death of a mentally ill Oklahoma jail prisoner emphasizes what Oklahoma sheriffs have been saying for years: they are ill prepared to deal with the rapidly increasing number ...
California Sheriff’s Largest Campaign Donors include Corizon and Aramark by Greg Dober by Greg Dober  In Alameda County, California, Corizon Correctional Healthcare is facing questions regarding campaign contributions to County Sheriff Greg Ahern.  While investigating two inmate deaths at Santa Rita jail, in Alameda County, television station, KTVU-2 uncovered public ...
Article • April 20, 2017
Texas Grand Jury No-Bills Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Handcuffed Prisoner by Matt Clarice by Matt Clarke On February 18, 2014, a Texas state grand jury declined to indict El Paso police officer Jose Flores, 40, who fatally shot Daniel Rodrigo Saenz, 37, a handcuffed man in his custody, on ...
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 ...
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 ...
Article • August 26, 2016
Medical Study Reports Taser Shock May Cause Fatal Heart Rhythm Disruption by Matthew Clarke In an article published by the American Heart Association, a study of eight cases of people who lost consciousness immediately after being shocked by a TASER X26--the most common electronic control device (ECD) used by police, ...
Article • August 25, 2016
Guard’s Internet Boasts Expose Jail’s “Culture of Violence” by “Seeing someone get TASER’d is second only to being the guy pulling the trigger. That is money. Puts a smile on your face—My job is sweet sometimes,” wrote Multnomah County Jail Deputy David B. Thompson on an Internet gaming site called ...
7th Circuit Affirms as Proper Jury Instructions on Intent and Harm Elements of Excessive Force Claim Brought by Wisconsin Pretrial Detainee by The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has affirmed a lower court’s use of jury instructions including harm and subjective intent elements of a use of ...
Meth OD, Taser & Restraint Chair = Washington Prisoner Death by A Washington man died in jail, soon after paramedics examined him for a methamphetamine overdose but released him into police custody. Although the cause of death was not immediately disclosed, the diabetic prisoner was Tased and confined in a ...
$7,000 Reached in Taser Use on Disabled Vermont Man by Police by A $7,000.00 settlement was reached between Vermont State Police and the family of a mentally disabled man.             Timothy Bernier, 23, of Coventry, Vermont, suffers from Down’s syndrome, as well as other physical and mental disabilities. He was ...
Article • August 19, 2016
Eighth Circuit: Officers Who Tased Arrestee to Force Clothing Change Immune by On September 3, 2015, the Eighth Circuit court of appeals held that St. Ann, Missouri police officials who used a Taser on an arrestee after she refused to change into orange jail clothing were protected against suit by ...
Pennsylvania Arrest for Videotaping Cops Denied Qualified Immunity by Mark Wilson A Pennsylvania federal court held that police were not entitled to qualified immunity for "entering a family's home and arresting its owner for doing nothing more than attempting to videotape the officers' overreaction on her own property." Kia Gaymon, ...
Iowa Jail Guard Who Tased Mentally Ill Woman Missed Training for Three Years by After a guard tased a mentally ill woman in October 2013 to compel her to change her clothes, officials at the Muscatine County, Iowa, Jail are considering requiring less Taser training for guards rather than more. ...
DOJ Intervenes in Ohio Jail Taser Class Action; County Settles by On February 4, 2011, Franklin County, Ohio officials agreed to substantially upgrade jail Taser training, use and accountability policies to settle a Class Action law suit in which the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) had intervened. On July 16, ...
Oklahoma County Settles Suit over Excessive Use of Restraint Chair for $200,000 by On May 20, 2014, Bryan County, Oklahoma agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a former Bryan County Jail prisoner over maltreatment, including placing him in a restraint chair multiple times for days at a time and ...
Michigan Women’s Prison Investigated for Abusing Mentally Ill by A letter from the Michigan ACLU to the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) charged that mentally ill prisoners were being abused.  One instance involved the hog tying of a prisoner as punishment. The July 2015 letter concerned prisoner treatment at the ...
Brief • August 3, 2016
Steen v. City of Pensacola, FL, Order Re Defendant Motion to Dismiss, police car taser, 2011 Case 3:11-cv-00142-RV-CJK Document 67 Filed 08/22/11 Page 1 of 24 Page 1 of 24 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA PENSACOLA DIVISION CASSANDRA STEEN, Individually and as Personal ...
Brief • August 3, 2016
Steen v. City of Pensacola, FL, Brief Re Defendant Motion to Dismiss, police car taser, 2011 Case 3:11-cv-00142-RV-CJK Document 49 Filed 06/20/11 Page 1 of 17 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA PENSACOLA, DIVISION CASSANDRA STEEN, Individually, and as Personal Representative of the Estate ...
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