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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Derek Williams Inquest Jury Begins Deliberations

The Inquest into the death of Derek Williams in Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) custody entered the jury deliberation phase on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. As previously reported on this website, the jury is considering...more

Milwaukee Police Department Will Post Its Standard Operating Procedures Online

The MPD’s Rules and Regulations and the MPD Code of Conduct have historically been posted on the MPD website. For the first time, the MPD’s Standard Operating Procedures, which are guidelines for police operations, will also...more

Milwaukee Common Council President Proposes Change In Way Milwaukee Police Department Chief Is Hired

Currently the City of Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission (“FPC”) hires the Chief of the Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”). Recently, several high-profile incidents, such as the death of Derek Williams in MPD custody and...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

Police Officers Charged With Illegal Searches Plead Not Guilty

As previously reported on this website here, the Milwaukee District Attorney has filed criminal charges against four Milwaukee Police Department ("MPD") officers who are accused of conducting illegal strip searches and...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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