Police Brutality

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The Names Of Officers Involved In An On-Duty Shooting Must Be Disclosed Under The Public Records Act, Unless The Party Resisting...

The California Public Records Act ("Act") requires the disclosure of public records, unless such records are exempt from disclosure. In Long Beach Police Officers Association v. City of Long Beach, --- P.3d ----, 2014 WL...more

California Supreme Court Holds Names of Officers in Police Shootings Should Be Disclosed

The California Supreme Court has held that the names of police officers involved in shootings generally must be disclosed under state public records law, rejecting arguments by police unions and municipalities that the names...more

Milwaukee Official Attempts To Clarify City Position On Proposed Bill Regarding Police Custody Deaths

As previously reported here, the Wisconsin legislature is currently considering a bill that would require all deaths in police custody to be investigated by an outside agency. City of Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission...more

State Senator May Support Bill On Police Custody Deaths

As previously reported here, the Wisconsin State Assembly has passed a bill that would end the practice where law enforcement agencies investigate themselves after a death in police custody. Under the bill, a team of at least...more

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

Wisconsin State Assembly Committee Approves Bill Regarding Deaths In Police Custody

Back in July 2011, Derek Williams died in Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) custody. Squad car video from the incident shows Mr. Williams struggling to breathe and begging MPD officers for assistance. ...more

Father Of Man Killed By Police Seeks New Law Requiring Independent Review Of Officer-Involved Fatalities

Back in 2004, Kenosha police killed Michael Bell, Jr. during a traffic stop. Michael Bell, Sr. is seeking a new state law following his son’s death. ...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Public Records - Pitchess Motion Not Required to Disclose Officers Named in Independent Report

Overview: A California appellate court recently upheld the release of two reports disclosing the names of UC Davis police officers who were videotaped pepper spraying nonviolent, seated protestors at close range. ...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

Jury To Consider Misdemeanor Charges Against Three Police Officers For Death Of Derek Williams

Testimony in the Inquest into the death of Derek Williams in Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) custody concluded on Tuesday, February 20, 2013. According to a court document filed by Special Prosecutor John Franke, the...more

Milwaukee Police Department Officers Charged With Illegal Strip Searches And Body Cavity Searches To Be Tried Separately

As previously reported on this Blog here, four Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) officers face charges of conducting illegal body cavity searches and illegal strip searches. ...more

Inquest Into Death Of Derek Williams To Begin On February 11, 2013

Back in July 2011, Derek Williams died in Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) custody. An initial investigation determined that the MPD officers involved in the incident did nothing wrong. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel then...more

Felonies Possible For Police Officers Involved In Death Of Derek Williams

As previously reported on this Blog here, Derek Williams died in Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) custody back in July 2011. After the MPD failed to discipline the police officers who ignored Mr. Williams’ pleas for help...more

Father Of Man Killed By Kenosha Police Seeks FBI Investigation

Back in 2004, a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer shot and killed Michael E. Bell. Police officers involved in the incident claimed Michael E. Bell struggled with them and tried to grab an officer’s gun. Following an...more

Video Recorders In Milwaukee Police Department Squad Cars To Be Replaced

Recently, there have been two high profile incidents involving Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) officers captured by video recorders inside MPD squad cars. In July 2011, a video camera recorded Derek Williams during the...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

Milwaukee Fire And Police Commission To Revisit Its Decision To Rehire Fired Police Officer

At its meeting on Thursday night, December 6, 2012, the City of Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission ("FPC") announced that it would reconsider its decision to reinstate Milwaukee Police Department ("MPD") Officer Richard...more

New Developments In Death Of Brandon Johnson At Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex

As previously reported on this Blog, Brandon Johnson died at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex on October 6, 2012 due to complications from a broken neck. Now, the Milwaukee County District Attorney will conduct a...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

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