Big Brother Is Tracking You through Your Cell Phone
First responder professionals such as police, paramedics and fire fighters risk their lives on a daily basis to provide public safety and protect their fellow citizens....more
In April 2012, the New York legislature passed Bill 2288, a law prohibiting police from using racial profiling. The legislation is intended to increase trust between community members and law enforcement officials by allowing...more
Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a conviction for felony firearm possession in a case where the handgun owner discarded the weapon before being seized. The court found that, although an illegal...more
A.D., et al. v. California Highway Patrol, et al. -
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (April 3, 2013) -
The concept of qualified immunity involves shielding a police officer from a lawsuit where the...more
This past September it was reported that a Trenton man was injured when his car was struck by an unmarked police car while he was waiting to make a right-hand turn from Chestnut Avenue onto South Broad Street. Investigation...more
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently held that a claim brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") may not proceed when the employee fails to provide evidence of actual damages. In...more
Asking “why” is a powerful deterrent to over collection and, as a recent Alberta case demonstrates, can be a powerful check on “over disclosure”....more
October 29, 2007 started bad for Cortez Fisher.
He walked out of his house and the Baltimore police approached him (he lived in Baltimore). They asked to talk to him. He said no. He tried to drive away, but backed into...more
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
Did you know that the government can know your whereabouts by tracking your cell phone? Most police don’t even bother to get a search warrant. Your cell phone carrier will simply voluntarily turn over the information.
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
Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that police could not take into custody a person cited for an infraction (in this case, trespassing) unless the arrestee has no satisfactory identification, refuses...more
Overview: A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge recently ruled that the California Public Records Act (PRA) required government agencies to disclose communications relayed through the privately-owned personal devices of...more
New laws require police officials in many capacities to receive additional education. First, The Illinois Police Training Act has been amended this year to include specific education for police trainees to recognize the signs...more
Felecia Andrews, 33, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper, is recovering from her injuries following a five-vehicle chain reaction accident on I-95. The incident occurred in December when she stopped at the scene of a minor...more
You may be aware of the existence of police evidence rooms only from television shows. Who can forget the magnet scene in Breaking Bad that wiped all of the computers in the evidence room clean? While many items are stored in...more
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
As Virginia prepared for the 57th Presidential Inauguration in January, we were reminded of the 19 law enforcement officers that have been killed in the line of duty while assigned to presidential protection details or by...more
Overview: After posting an evidence photo on the department’s Facebook page but not logging it as evidence in the case file -- thereby excluding critical evidence in a trial -- the Fresno Police Department* revised its...more
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
A female deputy in Illinois who claims she was passed up for promotion because of politics has won a $1 million jury award against the county.
Susan J. Lakics, who had worked for the DuPage County sheriff’s office for 16...more
As previously reported on this Blog here, an investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealed a history of under-reporting crimes within the Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”). Now, MPD Chief Ed Flynn announced a new...more
A man returning from a barbecue on his motorcycle is killed by an ambulance racing to a call. A woman is dead after colliding with a police car. People are injured or killed every day in accidents involving ambulances, police...more
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
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
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