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Court upholds citizen surveillance of police activity

We often worry of growing privacy intrusions due to surveillance. But surveillance comes in different flavors, and some surveillance can even affirm and support individual interests in personal liberty. For example, a recent...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

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Jurisdiction Over Pension Dispute

The Illinois Supreme Court seemed conflicted during an extremely active oral argument in late January in the high-profile pension case People ex rel. Madigan v. Burge. Burge poses the following issue: can the Attorney General...more

SKS Attorney Testifies Before Wisconsin Lawmakers Regarding Proposed Law On Police Custody Deaths

Back in 2011, Derek Williams died in Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) custody. Initially, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner ruled that Mr. Williams died of natural causes....more

Milwaukee Changes Rules For Police Officers Claiming Duty Disability

Several Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) officers have applied for and/or received duty disability, claiming that the stress from investigations into their possible misconduct makes them unable to perform their jobs. For...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

Short Wins - The "I'm Not Dead Edition"

1. United States v. Dominic Pelligrino, Second Circuit: Appellant Pellegrino was charged with having violated New York's narcotics laws and pleaded guilty in state court. Although the circuit court found his arguments...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

Illinois Supreme Court to Review Jurisdiction of Circuit Courts Over Pension Disputes

In the closing days of its May term, the Illinois Supreme Court allowed petitions for leave to appeal in five new civil cases. Our previews of those cases continue with People ex rel. Madigan v. Burge, a case which poses a...more

Waco grandfather sues city after police officer shoots him in the hand

A Waco man sued the city last week after a police officer shot him in the hand according to Hissey Kientz, LLP, the family's attorneys....more

Drugs Missing From Southampton Police Crime Unit

The Southampton Police Department is the latest law enforcement agency to come under scrutiny for failing to process evidence properly after an arrest and search....more

Family To File Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Local Authorities

An attorney who represents the family of an Alabama man says they want answers from authorities in the death of their loved one....more

No Federal Criminal Charges Against Police Officers For Death Of Derek Williams

As previously reported on this Blog here, Derek Williams died in Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) custody in July 2011....more

SKS Files Complaint With Milwaukee Fire And Police Commission For Death Of Derek Williams

Derek Williams died in Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) custody in June 2011. Initially, the MPD determined that the police officers involved did nothing wrong. After the video was released showing Mr. Williams in the back...more

Milwaukee Fire And Police Commission Fails To Hold Police Officers Accountable For Misconduct

The City of Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission (“FPC”) is given extensive authority under Wisconsin law to review police officer misconduct. Despite being perhaps the most empowered civilian review board in the county, the...more

Legislators Say Failure To Render Aid Law Was Created For Cases Like The Death Of Derek Williams

As reported yesterday on the Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. website, special prosecutor John Franke has reportedly decided not to charge three Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) officers involved in the death of Derek...more

Prosecutor Claims Milwaukee Police Officers Engaged In A Pattern Of Illegal Conduct

On Thursday, March 21, 2013, a motion hearing occurred regarding the four Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) officers who face charges of conducting illegal strip searches and illegal body cavity searches. During the hearing,...more

Former NYPD Officer Acquitted On Most Serious Charges: Rape And Burglary

In an emotional trial that captivated the city of New York for years, a jury acquitted two NYC police officers on most charges, including rape and burglary....more

Milwaukee Police Department Changes Policy Following Death Of Derek Williams

Back in July 2011, Derek Williams died in Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) custody. An Inquest into the death led to an advisory jury verdict which determined that three MPD officers failed to render aid to Mr. Williams as...more

Officers Can Be Held Liable For Preventing An Ambulance That Contained A Shooting Victim From Leaving The Scene And For...

The federal court of appeals recently rejected certain public officials’ attempt to avoid liability by claiming qualified immunity. In that case, the parents and children of a shooting victim sued a county and individual...more

When Counting Bribes For Sentencing Guidelines Purposes, You Only Count The Ones That Actually Happened

Michael Roussel used to be a Captain in the New Orleans Police Department. As you might expect, he was convicted of bribery....more

Inquest Jury Recommends Criminal Charges In Death Of Derek Williams

Back in July 2011, Derek Williams died in Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) custody. Initially, the MPD and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office determined that the MPD officers involved did nothing wrong. After...more

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