Excessive Force

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Scrutinizing A Law Enforcement Officer's Tactical Decisions Before Using Deadly Force

BB&K Attorney Tamara Bogosian Anaylzes Recent Court Decisions That Call for Monday Morning Quarterbacking - The U.S. Supreme Court made clear in the 1989 landmark ruling of Graham v. Connor that hindsight was not the...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Use of Deadly Force: Officers’ Pre-Shooting Conduct Included in the Totality of Circumstances Test...

Overview: Deputies shot and killed Shane Hayes inside his home. His daughter filed suit against the deputies and the county for excessive force, Fourth Amendment violations, negligent wrongful death and claims against the...more

The Milwaukee Police Department Use-Of-Force Numbers More Than Double From Last Year

As noted on our website here, the City of Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) has a history of misreporting incidents on violent crime, previously classifying beatings and stabbings as “minor assaults.” Now, as the Milwaukee...more

Utah Employment Law Letter - October 2013: EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT: How a police officer hanged himself with a bracelet

Police officers have a tough job. They have to deal with people at their worst, and they always need to be wary of potential threats and dangers. Because of this stress and given the unique authority they possess, it’s...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Taking Custody of Minor from School: Officers Entitled to Qualified Immunity from Claims of Unlawful Arrest...

Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that Sonora police officers were entitled to qualified immunity from claims alleging unlawful arrest and use of excessive force on an “out-of-control” juvenile. ...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Taser Excessive Force - Police Use Excessive Force by Firing Taser in Dart Mode at Passive Bystander

Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that Washington state police used excessive force when firing a Taser in dart mode at a passive bystander. The sergeant and four officers had already tased an elderly...more

Use Of Force Has To Be Justifiable

Arrests often follow a chase, a struggle or even a fight and may require force to subdue a suspect....more

Proving Police Brutality

We are confident that the vast majority of law enforcement officers throughout Wisconsin are hard-working, honest, and upright public servants dedicated to our protection and well-being. Some police officers, however, engage...more

Derek Williams Inquest Continues With Expert Testimony As To Cause And Manner Of Death

The second day of the Inquest into the death of Derek Williams in Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) custody took place on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 and featured testimony by experts who disagreed regarding the cause and...more

When Police Use Excessive Force

The majority of law enforcement officers throughout Milwaukee and the rest of Wisconsin dedicate their lives to serving and protecting the public. But some officers abuse their power. Police use force regularly to subdue...more

Group Claims That Milwaukee Police Misconduct Has Cost City $14 Million

In response to a request from the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") for citizen input as to whether the DOJ should conduct an investigation into a possible pattern and practice of Milwaukee Police Department ("MPD")...more

Milwaukee Fire And Police Commission Considers New Use-Of-Force Policies

In recent years, there have been several high profile incidents where Milwaukee Police Department ("MPD") officers have used unreasonable and excessive force against citizens. Perhaps the most famous incident was the beating...more

January 25, 2012 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

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