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In hospitals, angry guys with guns (even with badges) are a bad idea

Medicine and law enforcement can be a combustible combination, as a widely publicized incident in a Utah emergency room has reminded. The ugly incident has underscored the importance of hospitals keeping big, upset guys with...more

When Law Enforcement and Community Meet

The divide between law enforcement and the African-American community is a hot topic, but what happens when the two meet? In her Daily Journal article “When law enforcement and community meet,” Partner Angela Powell discusses...more

25 Years after the LA Riots

On April 29, 1992, a not-guilty verdict for the four Los Angeles Police Department officers who had been charged with assault and the use of unreasonable and excessive force on Rodney King, sparked the LA Riots. Today, in an...more

Cops, Cameras & The Cloud: Axon’s Offer of Free Body Cameras to U.S. Police Departments

Earlier this month, Axon, the company formerly known as Taser, announced that it will offer a one year free trial of its body cameras and cloud storage to every police department in the United States. While controversy about...more

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Labor and Public Employees Committee Begins to Speak - April 2017

We earlier had written on Working Together about the proposed bills that the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee voted favorably on and advanced out of committee at its February 21, 2017 and March 2, 2017...more

Police Arrest Videos Not Considered Confidential

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Supreme Court recently denied considering an appellate court ruling from a case in Eureka that police arrest videos cannot be considered confidential officer personnel records and therefore kept from public...more

The Supreme Court - December, 2016

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari in seven cases on Friday afternoon: Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., No. 15-1189: 1) Whether a "conditional sale" that transfers title to...more

Pennsylvania Legislature Seeks to Limit Access to Police Video Recordings

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The bill establishes a more restrictive process for obtaining video than the courts have provided for under the Right to Know Law. The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill on October 19 that would prohibit police body...more

Informing Illinois Newsletter - August 2016

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Is Your Police Department Ready for Body Cameras? - Police use of force has been heavily scrutinized for more than a year. In May 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it was providing $20 million in grants...more

Limiting Plaintiff’s Discovery on Similarly Situated Employees Reasonable, Federal Court Finds

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Limiting a plaintiff’s pretrial discovery can be the key to defending an employment discrimination lawsuit. This point was aptly demonstrated in a federal appellate court ruling approving a district court’s denial of...more

Body-Worn Cameras, the Prosecutor, and the Question of Public Access

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

BB&K attorney Gary Schons examines police body cameras from a variety of angles for the California District Attorneys Association’s Prosecutor’s Brief. The use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement officials and what...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC38454 - In re Daniel N. AC36701 - State v. Adams - AC36701 Dissent - State v. Adams - AC37362 - Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. v. Thompson...more

New California Law Enforcement Reporting Requirements for Officer-Involved Shootings and Use of Force

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Attorney General Hopes Data Will Promote Transparency - California law enforcement agencies were given direction this week outlining new responsibilities under state law to report incidents involving shootings or any use...more

California Reaffirms First Amendment Right to Record Police in Public

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As deputy U.S. marshals detained a group of people in Beatriz Paez’s neighborhood, the 34-year-old South Gate, Calif. resident began recording the incident. Video from another camera-wielding bystander rolls as a different...more

Warrantless Searches of Text Messages: Big Brother in 160 Character Installments

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The modern Fourth Amendment jurisprudence surrounding warrantless searches of text messaging is varied and evolving, including issues currently facing Rhode Island and the rest of the nation. My paper focused primarily upon...more

Public’s Interest in Records of Police Shooting Trumps OPRA’s Ongoing Investigation Exception

by Genova Burns LLC on

The public’s right to access government documents garnered additional support in New Jersey last week when a state trial court ruled that law enforcement records related to the police shooting of a black man who allegedly...more

A Moment of Simple Justice - Undercover Lover

by Mimesis Law on

Jan. 5, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Undercover cops are faced with difficult decisions every minute of their day while on duty, but is fathering a child with a target going too far? According to Scott, drawing the line between...more

Speech by DOJ’s Marshall Miller Could Be Harbinger of Bad Things to Come

by Brooks Pierce on

So here’s a thing. Last week Marshall Miller, the No. 2 official in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, made a speech urging corporations to focus its investigations into misconduct on individual malefactors and...more

A Moment of Simple Justice - Ferguson

by Mimesis Law on

August 26, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Scott talks about how the police response to the Mike Brown protests in Ferguson, Missouri spells big trouble for the rest of America....more

Court upholds citizen surveillance of police activity

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

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

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

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

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

by Kirton McConkie PC on

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...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

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

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

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

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