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Colorado district attorney 'incredibly frustrated' he's unable to prosecute cop found drunk in patrol car - ABC News
The cops did an internal investigation; a law prevents the results of police internal investigations from being used in prosecutions.
via:reddit  policeimmunity 
18 days ago by mcherm
Cop stalls his child sex abuse trial by claiming to be dying
I can't believe this happened (is still happening)! He raped a child, was convicted but got it overturned because the (then rare) female prosecutor was "too emotional", then spent 25+ years lying and claiming he was dying.
law  evil  policeimmunity  via:reddit 
november 2019 by mcherm
Appeals Court Reminds Deputies That Standing By While Rights Are Violated Is No Better Than Violating Them Yourself | Techdirt
Terrible situation. The bound and sexually abused inmate could not identify which of the police assaulted her because she had effectively been blindfolded. The court rules that she at least gets to go to trial on the grounds that she can accuse them at least of standing by and ignoring the events.
law  police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
june 2019 by mcherm
Officer Daniel Mack Denied Immunity | Law & Crime
Officer does NOT get qualified immunity, says appeals court.
via:reddit  police  policeabuse  policeimmunity 
june 2019 by mcherm
Cato Files Brief Challenging Qualified Immunity for Warrantless Strip Search of 4-Year-Old | Cato @ Liberty
Quite a few organizations are banning together to file briefs on a case asking the Supreme Court to overturn the doctrine of qualified immunity.
law  policeimmunity  via:reddit 
april 2019 by mcherm
Court: Victims can’t make a federal case out of police who stole their money - SFChronicle.com
Qualified Immunity at its most extreme: "there's no way police could have known that stealing money previously seized under a warrant would violate someone's rights, so they can't be held accountable" (for rights violation - state theft charges still might apply).
law  via:reddit  4thAmmendment  qualifiedimmunity  policeimmunity 
march 2019 by mcherm
Flipping Off Cops Is Free Speech, Sixth Circuit Rules
Not only does the court rule that it is free speech and they also rule that it is well established and thereby bypasses qualified immunity.
law  policeimmunity  police  via:reddit 
march 2019 by mcherm
Court: Qualified Immunity Protects District Attorney Who Lied To State Legislators About A Wrongfully-Convicted Man | Techdirt
The prosecutor lied outright to legislators for no reason other than to harm someone who had been unjustly imprisoned by his office. He is found immune to a defamation lawsuit because the exact same case had never come up in court (within that particular circuit).
policeimmunity  law  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
february 2019 by mcherm
Undercover St. Louis cop says colleagues beat him 'like Rodney King'; describes attack as 'free for all' | Law and order | stltoday.com
He was beaten severely for being in a crowd. Officers who beat him say it would have been just fine to do if it hadn't turned out that he was actually an undercover police officer.
police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  via:reddit 
january 2019 by mcherm
One Way To Deal With Cops Who Lie? Blacklist Them, Some DAs Say - law
I say DAs should not maintain a blacklist of lying officers, they should prosecute perjury.
law  policeimmunity  mypostings  via:reddit 
january 2019 by mcherm
Couple accuses TBI agents of illegal search - NewsChannel 5 Nashville
Apparently, if a homeowner says "no, you may not come in without a warrant" it is acceptable to break the door down, then, because there has been an incident, maintain control over the vicinity (and all people present) until a warrant can be obtained.
law  police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  via:reddit 
december 2018 by mcherm
Judge: Police dog attack didn't violate woman's rights
Police sicced the dog on someone else so they aren't liable for the injuries it did to her.
police  policeimmunity  personal_net  law  via:reddit 
december 2018 by mcherm
$337,000 Settlement Headed To Elementary School Students Handcuffed By School Resource Officers | Techdirt
Police were handcuffing 8-year-olds (leaving them with nighmares and bedwetting for years). The police still think they were in the right (their insurance settled for hundreds of thousands of dollars).
police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  law  via:Techdirt  techdirt 
november 2018 by mcherm
Mississippi Law Enforcement Performed $200,000 Worth Of Illegal Forfeitures Because It 'Didn't Realize' Law Had Changed | Techdirt
The law changed so that police seizures required court oversight. The police didn't follow this new law (they "didn't notice" the change).
law  police  policeimmunity  forfeiture 
october 2018 by mcherm
Philly Cops Face Criminal Charges For Performing An Illegal Pedestrian Stop | Techdirt
The new district attorney in Philadelphia is actually making a difference by charging police officers with crimes when they do things like shooting fleeing suspects to death or falsifying records when accused of an illegal stop.
police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
october 2018 by mcherm
Good Cop Charges Police Chief with a Felony and Is Immediately Fired
This officer charged the mayor and police chief with forgery and was immediately fired.
police  policeimmunity  via:reddit 
july 2018 by mcherm
Judge: Trooper can keep job after handcuffed suspect drowns | Ozark Radio News
Officer handcuffs a man, does not put on a life jacket, so the man drowns. Judge rules 10 days jail + firing the officer is too harsh.
policeimmunity  police  via:reddit  law 
june 2018 by mcherm
Another Police Accountability Miracle: Five Officers, Zero Body Cam Footage, One Dead Body | Techdirt
5 separate police officers simultaneously have mysterious equipment failures that result in not capturing video of a police shooting. I hope such a fact would be admissible in court as evidence of witness reliability.
police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
june 2018 by mcherm
Former Daggett County jail inmates tortured by police say they hope their lawsuit will bring change to how prisoners are treated - The Salt Lake Tribune
Utah has a program shipping prisoners to jails in less-populous counties. One of them was abusing prisoners for fun. The abusers have received minimal (but not zero) punishment.
prison  policeabuse  policeimmunity 
may 2018 by mcherm
Cops 'Help' Naked, Possibly-Suicidal Schizophrenic Man By Tasing Him To Death | Techdirt
Concerned that the clearly weaponless mentally ill man in his own bathroom at a group home might injure himself, the cops killed him. They had to work at it for a while before he actually died. No one will be charged.
policeabuse  police  policeimmunity  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
may 2018 by mcherm
Louisiana Law Enforcement Has Been Abusing An Unconstitutional Law To Arrest People For Trying To File Complaints | Techdirt
A rather extreme case where police are using a law (which may well violate the 1st ammendment) to prosecute people for filing complaints against the police.
law  police  policeimmunity  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
may 2018 by mcherm
Former jail guards sentenced in dehydration death of inmate | HeraldNet.com
They murdered him by providing insufficient water. They were given 5 days in jail and some community service for falsifying logs. Worth noting: they say they're sorry, and the judge blamed the whole system.
policeimmunity  via:reddit 
april 2018 by mcherm
Stop Rubber Stamping Officer-Involved Shootings as Justified
The excuses that police give for a shooting would never work for a civilian.
policeimmunity  policeabuse  via:reddit 
april 2018 by mcherm
Cop Hits Woman's Car At 94 MPH, Killing Her Infant. Police Arrest Woman For Negligent Homicide. | Techdirt
Police officer drives recklessly and causes a fatal accident. The driver and passengers in the car that was hit are prosecuted immediately (for "contributing" to the death by not buckling properly); the officer will not be investigated at least until after a long delay.
police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
march 2018 by mcherm
West Virginia city pays former officer $175,000 to settle lawsuit after he decided not to shoot distraught suspect - CNN
That time when one officer was successfully talking a suspect down before another officer shot him dead, then the city fired the first officer for NOT shooting him? In the end the good officer "won".
law  police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  via:reddit 
february 2018 by mcherm
Behind bars, a brutal and unexplained death | Miami Herald
Prisoner murdered by guards using a scalding hot shower. Guards never prosecuted.
prison  personal_net  via:reddit  policeimmunity 
november 2017 by mcherm
Massachusetts State Police Take $180 From Records Requester; Refuse To Turn Over Records | Techdirt
Apparently the police don't think they have to follow the law on FOIA requests even after a judge orders them to.
law  FOIA  policeimmunity  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
august 2017 by mcherm
A plague of ‘professional courtesy’ - The Washington Post
Details about a large number of incidents that illustrate how strongly police enforce a policy of never arresting other police officers even when they commit crimes.
police  policeimmunity  via:reddit 
may 2017 by mcherm
'Backdoor' Search Of FBI Records Helps Parents Learn How Local Cops Killed Their Son | Techdirt
This makes me sick. The police officers certainly abused this young man and probably killed him. Not only are they immune to prosecution, they are even immune to civil suits, although in this case the parents found an elaborate way to get around that.
policeabuse  police  policeimmunity  evil  via:Techdirt  techdirt 
may 2017 by mcherm
Deputy Loses Immunity For Battering Arrestee, Tightly Handcuffing Him For Three Hours As 'Punishment' | Techdirt
This case shows the limits of police immunity -- the level of abuse that an appeals court will state is NOT entitled to qualified immunity.
policeimmunity 
april 2017 by mcherm
The Justice Department’s stunning report on the Baltimore Police Department - The Washington Post
The official Justice department report on the Baltimore Police is astoundingly horrifying. Severe racism and complete disregard for civil rights was not only common, it was officially mandated.
racism  discrimination  police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  via:reddit 
march 2017 by mcherm
Court To Cop: You Took 80 Days Away From A Person's Life With A Baseless Warrant, So We're Taking Your Immunity | Techdirt
Here's a case where the police officer does NOT get immunity -- because they arrested some random person who happened to have the same name as their suspect against which they had no admissible evidence.
policeabuse  policeimmunity  law 
february 2017 by mcherm
Court Won't Grant Immunity To Officer Who Issued A 'Be On The Lookout' Order On Whistleblowing Cop | Techdirt
This is one case where the court didn't grant immunity: the cop who warned other officers that an officer reporting racial abuse was a dangerous threat can be sued for defamation.
police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  racism  via:Techdirt  techdirt 
december 2016 by mcherm
FBI Tests The Waters On Another Attempt To Force Apple To Unlock An iPhone | Techdirt
I say FBI isn't stupid enough to take Apple to court again over unlocking a cell phone, this time of a guy shot to death by a police officer.
mypostings  policeimmunity  policeabuse  4thAmmendment 
october 2016 by mcherm
Rape and Civility | Popehat
A passionate defense of being less "civil" if "civility" means you can't call abuses of power what they are.
police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  via:popehat  KenWhite 
april 2016 by mcherm
Prosecutor Disciplined For Using Fake Facebook Profile To Meddle In Murder Case | Techdirt
Incredibly abusive prosecutor is removed from his job by a court. But his license to practice law isn't even suspended for a time period.
policeimmunity  law  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
april 2016 by mcherm
Judge Who Authorized Police Search of Seattle Privacy Activists Wasn't Told They Operate Tor Network - Slog - The Stranger
There are no penalties for misleading a judge when getting a search warrant, so that's apparently what these police did to crack down on someone operating a Tor exit node.
law  tor  police  policeimmunity 
april 2016 by mcherm
1/3 of all people in the US killed by a stranger are killed by police
I don't know that I trust the analysis or the conclusion, but at least they're trying and they're justifying their approach.
statistics  police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  via:reddit 
march 2016 by mcherm
Leaked police files contain guarantees disciplinary records will be kept secret | US news | The Guardian
One third of police contract guarantee civilian complaints will be deleted after some period of time.
police  policeimmunity  via:HackerNews 
february 2016 by mcherm
Tea and Unaccountability: Bureaucracy and the Drug War | Popehat
He makes the excellent point that the police bureaucracy is set up in such a way that NO ONE is responsible for anything.
policeabuse  policeimmunity  via:popehat 
january 2016 by mcherm
Some police settlements confidential; criminal charges deter some from calling out brutality, lawsuits say: Forcing Change | cleveland.com
Many municipalities are settling police abuse cases but only with gag orders preventing discussion of the incident. They are also prosecuting people just in order to be able to offer dropping the prosecution as part of a deal.
police  policeimmunity  policeabuse  law  via:Techdirt 
november 2015 by mcherm
Honest Cop Charged With Misconduct
The police who beat a suspect were not charged with anything. The cop who released the footage revealing it had happened is being charged for doing so. Australia.
police  policeimmunity  via:reddit 
august 2015 by mcherm
Officer Indicted For Lying On Warrant Application That Led To Toddler Being Burned By Flashbang Grenade | Techdirt
Police officer who wrote the warrant application that led to a disastrous SWAT attack turns out to have lied about every one of the three facts he swore to... and a court indicted him for it!
law  police  policeimmunity  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
july 2015 by mcherm
Why Baltimore Blew Up | Rolling Stone
A detailed story describing the history of broken windows policing in the US and how it abuses citizens and avoids accountability for anyone in authority.
Ferguson  police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  RollingStone  via:boingboing 
may 2015 by mcherm
Cleveland officer not guilty in killing unarmed pair
Officer who jumped on the hood of a car and fired 15 bullets at the (unarmed) occupants is found to be innocent.
via:reddit  police  policeimmunity  policeabuse 
may 2015 by mcherm
It’s Been 6 Months Since Tamir Rice Died, and the Cop Who Killed Him Still Hasn't Been Questioned
It's been 6 months since an officer shot a 12-yr-old boy dead. So far the "investigation" has not even questioned the officer or his partner. That isn't an investigation -- that is an attempt to bury it.
police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  via:vox 
may 2015 by mcherm
Two Stories About The Criminal Justice System And Consequences | Popehat
It's not just police who are immune to the consequences of abusing power.
policeimmunity  law 
may 2015 by mcherm
What Is The Quantum of Proof Necessary for Police to Rape and Torture you in New Mexico? | Popehat
When police forceably searched a man's rectum for drugs, they had a warrant. Yes, this was clearly rape, and apparently endorsed by our legal system based on incredibly flimsy evidence.
law  via:popehat  4thAmmendment  police  policeabuse  policeimmunity 
may 2015 by mcherm
Delaware policeman charged with kicking suspect in face; video released - LA Times
The video showed the officer kicking the man in the face as he attempted to comply with the officer's commands. The investigation "cleared the officer of all wrongdoing". Only after a judge ordered the video released to the public did anything change.
police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  via:boingboing 
may 2015 by mcherm
DEA agents jail student 5 days with no food, water; get slap on wrist - LA Times
Those agents who locked someone up then forgot about him for 5 days (it NEARLY killed him)... they received nothing more severe than a few days suspension.
police  policeimmunity  via:boingboing 
may 2015 by mcherm
Police Allegedly Beat Up Defendant -- And A Lawyer -- Outside Of A Courtroom | ThinkProgress
Officers witnessed not only beating up the (mentally ill) defendant near the courthouse, but also his lawyer. Nothing will happen to the officers.
police  policeabuse  policeimmunity 
may 2015 by mcherm
Killed By Police - A list of people who died in confrontations with the police
If the government is unwilling or incapable of keeping statistics, some private citizens will step in and attempt to do the job.
via:boingboing  police  policeabuse  policeimmunity 
may 2015 by mcherm
DEA Impersonated Woman, Set Up Fake Facebook Page, Posted Photos From Her Seized Phone To Make It Look Real | Techdirt
Judge: DEA can create a fake facebook page and impersonate someone because she said they could use info off her phone.
law  police  policeimmunity  via:Techdirt  techdirt 
may 2015 by mcherm
Lawyer representing whistle blowers finds malware on drive supplied by cops | Ars Technica
The police appear to have planted malware on the drive they were given for returning document subpoenaed in a legal case. The police and prosecutors all refuse to investigate.
law  police  prosecutor_misconduct  policeimmunity  ArsTechnica  via:boingboing 
april 2015 by mcherm
Police body cameras: Cops commit less violence and complaints are real.
Some good stats on police immunity and on how body cameras make police behave better.
police  policeimmunity  via:reddit  slate 
april 2015 by mcherm
Man shot and killed by North Charleston police officer after traffic stop; SLED investigating - Post and Courier
This is what news coverage and police department statements of the killing of Walter Scott looked like BEFORE footage surfaced showing the officer shooting him in the back then planting a taser by him. It shows the police accepting a story that painted the officer as quite innocent. Without the video, this is where it would have stopped.
police  policeabuse  policeimmunity 
april 2015 by mcherm
How a traffic stop left a Michigan man beaten, bloodied and bitter at police | US news | The Guardian
A fairly clear case of an officer beating someone badly enough to send him to the hospital for days, for no reason at all. Oh, and probably planting cocaine in his car. Done by an officer with an extensive history of substantiated complaints and successful lawsuits. Oh yes, and no charges filed against the officer.
police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  TheGuardian  via:TheGuardian 
march 2015 by mcherm
Judge Calls Out Portland Police For Bogus 'Contempt Of Cop' Arrest/Beating | Techdirt
Judge allows self-defense defense for youth assaulted by police for not showing enough respect. No word on any consequences for the officers.
policeabuse  policeimmunity  police  via:Techdirt  techdirt  law 
march 2015 by mcherm
The Thin Blue Line of Entitlement | Popehat
Excellent sarcasm about a case of police lying about an arrest.
police  policeimmunity  via:popehat 
march 2015 by mcherm
Cory Doctorow: Transparency means nothing without justice | Environment | The Guardian
Cameras on cops do limited good if malfeasance they record by police officers is never punished.
policeimmunity  via:CoryDoctorow  CoryDoctorow 
march 2015 by mcherm
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