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WATCH: Texas Cop Still on the Job after Three Excessive Force Incidents Result in Settlements

Sunday, November 12th, 2017
A Texas cop remains on the job after the department he works for settled the third excessive force lawsuit against him Thursday.
Austin police officer Eric Copeland was sued three times for using excessive force between April of 2011 to April of 2015.
Austin City Council members approved the latest $150,000 settlement November 9 for unnecessarily tasering Adrian Aguado, 20, after removing him from handcuffs and telling him to exit the police cruiser.
Video from inside the patrol car shows Copeland tasering Aguado immediately as he slowly exits the vehicle.
He also tells Aguado he seemed “slow” and can be heard asking if

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Utah Nurse Violently Arrested for Refusing Blood Draw on Unconscious Patient Receives $500,000 Settlement

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
Salt Lake City has agreed to pay nurse Alex Wubbels a $500,000 settlement just two weeks after the detective who arrested her for refusing to allow a blood draw on her unconscious patient filed an appeal to get his job back, claiming had it not been for a camera he would still have a job.
Now Wubbels plans to use a portion of the settlement to help other police abuse victims obtain access to body cam footage.
Her attorney, Karra Porter, says her law firm, Christensen and Jensen, is committed to providing free services to people seeking to obtain the body cam

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Florida Man Receives $37,500 Settlement after Cops Mistook Doughnut Glaze for Meth

Monday, October 16th, 2017
A Florida man received a $37,500 settlement after police arrested him, mistaking Krispy Kreme doughnut glaze in his car for meth.
A series of roadside drug tests yielded positive results for the street drug, landing him in jail for ten hours.
But another test determined it was only glaze from a Krispy Kreme doughnut.
Dan Rushing, 65, was arrested in December 2015 following a traffic stop after Orlando cop Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins observed flakes on his floorboard, which she first suspected was crack, then crystal meth.
Rushing insisted to officers it was sugar from Krispy Kreme doughnuts he’d eaten.
‘I kept telling them, “That’s

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Maryland Jury Awards $1.26 Million to Family after Cop Wrongly Shot their Dog

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

A Maryland jury awarded a family $1.26 million Tuesday after deciding a cop wrongly shot and killed their dog, Vernon, on February 1, 2014 – the largest award in American history for such a case.
“The verdict sends a strong message to the police about community expectations,” attorney Carl J. Hansel said after the verdict, according to the Capital Gazette.
“The duty to serve and protect extends to our animal family members as well.”
However, the Anne Arundel County Police Department had already determined the shooting was justified, claiming the dog was aggressive, which made the cop fear for his safety.
But the

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WATCH: Minneapolis Cop Charged for Kicking Man in Face and Lying About It

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

These days it is not uncommon for cops to get arrested for assault.
But Officer Christopher Reiter, 36, of the Minneapolis Police Department took things way too far when he kicked Mohamed Osman while he was already down on the ground.
Osman suffered severe brain injuries, brain bleeding and ended up with fractures in his face, including sinus fractures in his nose.
Because of the injuries, Osman is unable to work.
The on-duty assault occurred in Spring 2016, but Reiter was not arrested until March 15, 2017 after he and fellow officers lied about what had taken place that night – only for

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Florida Cops Keep Innocent Man in Jail for Eight Months, Resulting in $150,000 Settlement

Monday, January 9th, 2017
The Fort Lauderdale police department got it wrong when they arrested the wrong man thinking he was a burglary suspect.
But the Florida police department still kept him in jail for eight months for the crime he did not commit.
Dmitry Lyubimov was not released until authorities finally acknowledged that they lacked physical and DNA evidence.
Now the city has reached a wrongful arrest settlement of $150,000 with the 26-year-old man.
Lyubimov was minding his own business on the streets of Fort Lauderdale when he was arrested by police in July 2011, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Police claimed Lyubimov matched the description

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WATCH: NYPD Settles Lawsuit in Teenage Brutality Case Where Witness was Pepper Sprayed for Recording

Thursday, December 29th, 2016
NYPD cops brutally beat 19-year-old Jateik Reed for resisting arrest and carrying drugs in 2012. Drugs were never found and the case was dismissed in court. Reed then filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city.
Now New York City has settled the lawsuit with Reed, who is now 24, for the amount of $614,500, his lawyers announced earlier this month.
Reed’s mother and two young brothers were also plaintiffs in the suit. The settlement was approved in July 2016, but the checks were now issued until December, NBC reports.
It all started in January 2012 when New York City police officers from the

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WATCH: San Diego Cops Allow Police Dog to Maul Naked Man, Resulting in $385,000 Settlement

Thursday, December 15th, 2016
California cops who sicced a police dog on a naked man tripping on LSD, allowing the dog to maul him for more than 40 seconds while officers held him down, claimed they had no way of knowing if he was unarmed despite body cam video showing he had nowhere to hide a weapon in his nakedness.
But the city of San Diego opted to pay David Aceves a $385,000 settlement last week anyway, apparently realizing no jury in the world would buy that argument.
Aceves, 26, was hospitalized for more than two weeks as a result of the mauling after a large

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WATCH: San Diego Cops Allow Police Dog to Maul Naked Man, Resulting in $385,000 Settlement

Thursday, December 15th, 2016
California cops who sicced a police dog on a naked man tripping on LSD, allowing the dog to maul him for more than 40 seconds while officers held him down, claimed they had no way of knowing if he was unarmed despite body cam video showing he had nowhere to hide a weapon in his nakedness.
But the city of San Diego opted to pay David Aceves a $385,000 settlement last week anyway, apparently realizing no jury in the world would buy that argument.
Aceves, 26, was hospitalized for more than two weeks as a result of the mauling after a large

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WATCH: San Diego Cops Allow Police Dog to Maul Naked Man, Resulting in $385,000 Settlement

Thursday, December 15th, 2016
California cops who sicced a police dog on a naked man tripping on LSD, allowing the dog to maul him for more than 40 seconds while officers held him down, claimed they had no way of knowing if he was unarmed despite body cam video showing he had nowhere to hide a weapon in his nakedness.
But the city of San Diego opted to pay David Aceves a $385,000 settlement last week anyway, apparently realizing no jury in the world would buy that argument.
Aceves, 26, was hospitalized for more than two weeks as a result of the mauling after a large

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Chicago Pays $3 Million Settlement for Police Shooting Death of Teen Holding iPhone Case Mistaken for Gun

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Chicago will pay a $3 million settlement to the family of a teenager shot and killed while fleeing police on a busy street, claiming he had a black object in his hand that made them fear for their lives.
The black object turned out to be an iPhone case.
And surveillance cameras do not show Cedric Chatman, 17, pointing the object at officers as he fled as police initially reported, although the videos are grainy.
Nevertheless, Chicago police office Kevin Fry was found to have been justified in the shooting. But only after an investigator from the city’s  Independent Police Review Authority

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Missouri Pays $9 Million Settlement to Family of Brandon Ellingson, Man who Drowned while Handcuffed in Custody of Police

Thursday, November 17th, 2016
The family of a man who fell off a police boat while handcuffed and allowed to drown by the Missouri state trooper operating the boat will receive a $9 million settlement, attorneys announced Thursday.
And there is still a chance the cop will be convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Brandon Ellingson, a 20-year-old college student from Iowa who had been arrested for boating while intoxicated.
Missouri Highway Patrol officer Anthony Piercy is scheduled for a hearing Monday for his upcoming trial.
The only reason the case came this far is because of another Missouri Highway Patrol officer   named Randy

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Santa Ana Pays $100,000 Settlement for Dispensary Raid where Cops Dismantled Cameras and Consumed Cannabis

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
They were so sure of themselves, these California cops who raided a marijuana dispensary last year, terrorizing customers while wearing masks, forcing them to the floor at gunpoint, then disabling surveillance cameras inside the shop to ensure their crime went unnoticed.
But the Santa Ana cops failed to remove a hidden camera, which caught them eating marijuana-laced snacks while mocking a handicapped woman.
And as a result, the city of Santa Ana just had to pay a $100,000 to settle a lawsuit stemming from the May 27, 2015 raid.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
The suit alleged that Mayor Miguel Pulido and other city

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WATCH: Georgia Jailers Ignored Inmate’s Suicide Attempts for Eight Hours Before he was Found Dead in Cell

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Georgia inmate Yoel Robton first wrapped the blanket he’d tied into makeshift noose around his bedpost around noon, spending the next eight hours placing it around his neck in apparent suicide attempts.
Not a single guard at the Doraville Detention Center noticed until it was too late.
Now an insurance company for the city will ante up $2 million for the mentally ill  man’s suicide after settling a lawsuit with his mother.
Records show jailers failed to check on her son every 20 minutes as city policy required and they failed to give him medication prescribed for depression even after his family brought it to them, leaving him to kill himself on August 17, 2014.
Surveillance video shows Debra

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Florida Police Settles Horrific Dog Mauling Lawsuit involving Cop who later Killed Woman in Training Exercise

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
For the price of $70,000, Punta Gorda police officer Lee Coel can claim he did nothing wrong by allowing his dog to attack and maul a man for riding his bicycle at night without lights.
Not that he will pay a dime of that settlement.  And not that it will absolve him of shooting and killing a 73-year-old woman during a citizens academy training exercise in which he was supposed to be using blanks.
That second incident would never have occurred if he had been fired for the dog mauling incident, but Coel is an award-winning officer, which apparently gives him

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Florida Police Settles Horrific Dog Mauling Lawsuit involving Cop who later Killed Woman in Training Exercise

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
For the price of $70,000, Punta Gorda police officer Lee Coel can claim he did nothing wrong by allowing his dog to attack and maul a man for riding his bicycle at night without lights.
Not that he will pay a dime of that settlement.  And not that it will absolve him of shooting and killing a 73-year-old woman during a citizens academy training exercise in which he was supposed to be using blanks.
That second incident would never have occurred if he had been fired for the dog mauling incident, but Coel is an award-winning officer, which apparently gives him

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Florida Police Settles Horrific Dog Mauling Lawsuit involving Cop who later Killed Woman in Training Exercise

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
For the price of $70,000, Punta Gorda police officer Lee Coel can claim he did nothing wrong by allowing his dog to attack and maul a man for riding his bicycle at night without lights.
Not that he will pay a dime of that settlement.  And not that it will absolve him of shooting and killing a 73-year-old woman during a citizens academy training exercise in which he was supposed to be using blanks.
That second incident would never have occurred if he had been fired for the dog mauling incident, but Coel is an award-winning officer, which apparently gives him

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Award-Winning California Deputy Still on Force After Beating 3 Citizens with Flashlights, Resulting in 3 Settlements

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

An award-winning California deputy who has been sued three times in six years for beating citizens with his flashlight remains on the force, even after the latest lawsuit against him settled for $200,000 on Tuesday.
Of course, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department never admitted to any wrongdoing in any of the settlements involving deputy Paul “Scotte” Pfeifer.
But two of three incidents were caught on video, showing us there was plenty of wrongdoing on his part.
So it’s only a matter of time before he strikes again with his flashlight.
Tuesday’s lawsuit stems from an incident in December 2015 when a homeless man named

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Ohio City Council Approves “Error in Judgement” Settlement for Cop who Shot Girl While Trying to Kill her Dog

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

“It hit her pretty much square in the middle of her leg and went through and broke the bone. She had to have a plate and screws to help pin the bone in place,”  Brad Ellis, Ava’s dad told ABC6.
The City Council of Columbus Ohio approved a $780,000 pending settlement that we reported about last week in a case where a cop was trying to kill the family dog as it retreated into its home, but the bullet wound up going through, 4-year-old Ava Ellis’ leg, shattering her bone, ricocheting and then lodged in the cabinet in the families’ kitchen.
Ava, who is

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Texas Authorities Pay Sandra Bland’s Family $1.9 Million Settlement in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Thursday, September 15th, 2016
The Texas Department of Public Safety and Waller County have reached a financial settlement with Sandra Bland’s family to pay $1.9 million dollars to end their wrongful death and civil rights lawsuit in federal court.
Sandra Bland was wrongfully arrested by Texas trooper Brian Encinia and booked on a 3rd degree felony charge of assaulting the officer, when there was no probable cause for an actual arrest in the first place, an arrest which was caught on camera by a citizen journalist.
Three days later the 28-year old Bland was found dead in her cell.
Her family demanded that preventative measures at

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Los Angeles to Pay $2.5 Million Settlement to Children of Mentally Ill Woman Killed in LAPD Custody

Saturday, October 17th, 2015
Battling drug addiction and mental illness, Alesia Thomas dropped her two children off at a Los Angeles police station in July 2012, telling them to walk inside and ask for help because she was no longer able to support them.
The two children, ages 12 and 3, wandered into the building at 2 a.m., surprising an officer who was on-duty, telling him that their mother did not want them anymore and that they had not eaten for two days.
LAPD tracked Thomas down to her home and arrested her for child abandonment; cuffing her hands and shackling her legs; beating, punching and

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Wisconsin Police Arrested Man For Facebook Comments, Lawsuit Settlement Costs $43 Per Resident

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
Speaking freely on social media is not a crime.
Posting angry Facebook comments on police departments’ official pages isn’t a crime either, it’s protected by the 1st Amendment.
A $35,000 legal settlement will cost residents of Wisconsin’s Village of Arena each $43 per man woman and child.
Because Wisconsin police violated a man’s First Amendment rights to post comments on their public Facebook page – which isn’t customized anymore, but still accepts review and comments.
The Arena Police Department arrested 23 year old Thomas G. Smith three years ago for Disorderly Conduct and other charges because of two FB comments.
It was a callous act of censorship.
One must now wonder what Village

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New Mexico Cops Settle “Fuck” Lawsuit for $25,000, Taxpayers Will Pay

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
New Mexico cops falsely arrested a grown adult citizen in public for saying “fuck”, now Farmington taxpayers agreed to pay $25,000 to settle the resulting censorship lawsuit under the 1st Amendment.
Three Farmington officers grossly overstepped their boundaries acting as censors, when they arrested Trujillo for violating the local Disorderly Conduct ordinance, in the absence of any provoked parties when he said “fuck” in an IHOP restaurant.
In fact, the family with small children whom police claimed to be protecting refused to give their names or in any way become involved in the three officers’ false arrest “to ensure the obscene language didn’t

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NYPD Whistleblower Hospitalized Against Will Settles for $600,000

Thursday, October 1st, 2015
The New York City Police Department settled a $600,000 lawsuit Tuesday with one of its own officers after they forced him into a psychiatric ward for several days against his will for turning whistle-blower on them.
NYPD officer Adrian Schoolcraft, who has been on unpaid suspension since 2008, will receive back pay, benefits and punitive damages.

Schoolcraft was suspended after he released recordings of NYPD sergeants continually directing its’ officers to stop people on the street, even without merit or probable cause that the individuals stopped had committed a crime.
The NYPD’s practices are a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment, which protects

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Indiana Cops Force Man Out of Car at Gunpoint as Pregnant Wife Goes Into Labor in Gut-Wrenching Video

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
James and Dana Reiner had a experience with police that no one should have to go through.
As James was driving his pregnant wife to the hospital in January of 2012 in Indiana, Portage police officer Anthony Dandurand tried to pull them over.
But Dana’s water had broke, so James continued driving to the hospital, calling 911 to explain to the dispatcher that his wife was about to give birth and needed to get to the hospital as quick as possible.
Rather than communicate the message to the officer, the dispatcher advised the Reiner’s to pull over to inform the pursuing officer

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Illinois Woman Arrested for Recording Cop Accepts $117,500 Settlement

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
An Illinois woman arrested for video recording police on her friend’s property is receiving a $1117,500 settlement.
But Naperville officials last week insisted this hefty sum was in no way an admission that its cops “acted wrongfully.”
However, anybody viewing the video showing utility workers and police entering the residential property to install a wireless meter should be able to see they not only acted wrongfully, but unlawfully as well.
The incident took place in Naperville on January 23, 2013 as utility workers were trying to install a “smart meter” outside the home of Jennifer Stahl, who was part of a group that

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Former South Carolina Police Chief Killed An Unarmed Black Man, Sentenced To 1 Year House Arrest

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

On Tuesday, prosecutors agreed to drop the murder charge against a former South Carolina police chief in exchange for a guilty plea to “misconduct in office.” Richard Combs, 38, had been facing 30 years in prison for the murder of 54-year-old Bernard Bailey in 2011. The former Chief will only serve a one-year home detention sentence …
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California Cops Killed Marine on Veterans Day, City Pays $2,500,000 to Settle Family’s Lawsuit

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

California cops with the City of Palm Springs Police Department agreed to a $2,500,000 settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit of a Marine killed by an officer that recklessly jumped through the window of his moving vehicle. It happened on Veteran’s Day 2012. Corporal Allan ‘AJ’ DeVillena II, was 22-year-old High Desert Marine and veteran …
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