Posts Tagged ‘Legal Decisions’

Arizona Man Sues Prosecutor for Wrongful Arrest that Kept him in Jail for Two Months

Friday, January 5th, 2018
Imagine spending two months in jail for a robbery that you didn’t commit. Well, that is exactly what happened to an Iowa man after he was falsely charged with first-degree robbery.
Now he is suing the prosecutor that threw him in jail.
Joseph McBride, 23, was arrested for his assumed role in a January 2017 home invasion robbery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
McBride was in Phoenix at the time of his August 2017 arrest, several months after the original crime was committed.
And he showed authorities a time-stamped cell phone selfie proving he was in Arizona at the time of the Iowa home

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Kansas Prison Medical Staff Sued After Ignoring Pleas for Help from Inmate who Died of Brain-Eating Fungus

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

A lawsuit was filed Monday against three doctors and 11 nurses who work at a prison in Kansas as well as the company contracted to provide medical services for inmates throughout the state’s prison system after medical staff ignored an inmate who told them, “it feels like something is eating my brain.”
Even after Marques Davis, 27, became so confused he drank his own urine, employees for Corizon Correctional Healthcare neglected his cries for help at Hutchinson Correctional Facility in Kansas.
Corizon Correctional Healthcare, has been sued 660 times over a 5-year period, according to the ACLU.
The lawsuit, filed by Kansas

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Florida Judge Rules Against Trump’s Executive Order on Sanctuary Cities

Friday, March 3rd, 2017
President Donald Trump’s executive order to crack down on sanctuary cities is cracking after a Florida judge issued a 15-page ruling Friday stating that it is unconstitutional for local jails to hold undocumented immigrants for federal deportation after they have been cleared of local charges.
The petition of habeas corpus, which you can read here and below, stems from a case involving a Haitian man living in Miami who had been arrested for driving with a suspended license, spending several weeks in jail before he was ordered released for time served.
But Miami-Dade County jailers kept James Lacroix for an additional 28

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Federal Appeals Court Sides with PINAC Reporter, Rules Recording Cops is Protected by First Amendment

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The U.S. Court of  Appeals Court for the Fifth Circuit has ruled in a 2-1 decision that the public has the First Amendment right to record activities of law enforcement because it ensures cops “are not abusing their power.”
The majority ruling came in response to the court’s consideration of the facts in Turner v. Driver, a lawsuit filed by PINAC video-correspondent and reporter Phillip Turner following his lengthy detainment by two Fort Worth cops in September 2015 after he refused to provide them with  identification while attempting to record the Fort Worth police station across the street.
While recording the station, two Fort Worth officers named Grinalds and

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Federal Marshals Seize Florida Deputy’s Personal Assets After Sheriff Refuses to Pay Settlement for Man Left Paralyzed in Wrongful Shooting

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
A South Florida deputy who left a man paralyzed after confusing a cell phone for a gun had his personal items seized Saturday, including his car, clothes, television, furniture, golf clubs, fishing rods and computer, after his agency refused to pay the victim $200,000 – a fraction of the $22.4 million a federal jury awarded him last year.
Federal marshalls seized Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy Adams Lin under court order after Sheriff Ric Bradshaw refused to pay a dime towards the settlement, according to the Palm Beach Post.
The shooting took place on September 13, 2013 after Lin spotted 19-year-old

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Federal Court Rules Cops can Shoot your Dog for Barking

Monday, December 26th, 2016
A federal court ruled that cops can shoot and kill your dog if it merely barks at them, something they have been doing routinely for years now anyway.
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision of a lower court last week, siding with Michigan cops who shot and killed two dogs during a drug raid after they entered the home with a battering ram, according to the Huffington Post.
After cops busted down the door, one of the dogs only “moved a few inches” and the other ran down to the basement with its back to the cop when it

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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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Stalking Away The First Amendment: Part 1

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
 
Homestead Police Department (HPD) has silenced the First Amendment with false stalking charges and restraining orders.
Their abuses leading to two of my three false arrest, and to me being served with four frivolous restraining orders.
Sadly, such abuses are not limited to Florida, and occur nationwide.
I have researched this new trick in the police playbook being used to stalk away the First Amendment.
PINAC presents this series as a case study on such stalking abuses in Florida and across the country.
Included are discussions on the federal subsidies which create disincentives to fixing the problem, and discussions on Florida stalking law related to

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Stalking Away The First Amendment: Part 1

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

 
Homestead Police Department (HPD) has silenced the First Amendment with false stalking charges and restraining orders.
Their abuses leading to two of my three false arrest, and to me being served with four frivolous restraining orders.
Sadly, such abuses are not limited to Florida, and occur nationwide.
I have researched this new trick in the police playbook being used to stalk away the First Amendment.
PINAC presents this series as a case study on such stalking abuses in Florida and across the country.
Included are discussions on the federal subsidies which create disincentives to fixing the problem, and discussions on Florida stalking law related to

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Ohio Judge Declares Mistrial in Case Against Cop who Killed Unarmed Man in Car

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
Former Ohio Police Officer Ray Tensing is now a free man after shooting and killing Sam DuBose, a unarmed black man in July 2015.
At least for now.
Tensing, 26, was an officer at The University of Cincinnati when he was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter based on evidence from his body camera.
But a judge ordered a mistrial Saturday after a Hamilton County Common Pleas Court jury remained deadlocked with eight jurors voting to convict him of voluntary manslaughter and four wanting to convict him of murder.
There were 10 white and two black jurors.
The trial lasted for two weeks and the

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Albuquerque Cop Trial Results in Mistrial in Shooting Death of Homeless Man

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
Three jurors voted to convict two Albuquerque cops on second-degree murder charges today in the shooting death of a mentally ill homeless man.
But nine jurors voted to acquit the cops, resulting in a mistrial.
Now it’s up to Special Prosecutor Randi McGinn to determine whether to retry Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez for the shooting death of James Boyd in 2014.
Judge Alisa Hadfield declared a mistrial Tuesday after three days of deliberations when it became evident that none of the jurors were going to change their minds.
Both Sandy and Perez, who have since left the police force, were facing up to 15

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Michigan Man Facing 40 Years in Prison for Angry Facebook Rant Against Cops

Sunday, October 9th, 2016
A Michigan man faces 40 years in prison for the alleged rants he posted on Facebook encouraging friends to “kill all white cops,” apparently becoming frustrated after watching several police videos spread across social and news media showing white cops disproportionately killing unarmed black men.
“It was a tirade of hate and violence specifically directed toward police, encouraging people to kill police,” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said during a press conference.
“The message is clear. You threaten to kill a police officer, there will be a certain response,” added Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who stood beside him on Wednesday.
However, the charges come two months after

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South Florida Cops Ordered to Pay $6.2 Million for Rape and Coerced Punching of Genitals On-Duty

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
One South Florida cop forced a woman to perform oral sex on him before raping her on the hood of his car under threat of arrest.
The second cop ordered the woman’s female friend to punch him in the genitals, which is what got him off.
Now Franklin Hartley and Thomas Merenda, who have since by fired from the Lauderhill Police Department, have to pay the women $6.2 million after a federal judge ruled against them in a civil trial last week.
But the former cops may never be able to pay that amount considering they are still facing criminal charges that

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Massachusetts Cop Indicted for Beating Man While Making Making Derogatory Comments About His “Black Skin”

Friday, September 25th, 2015
On Monday,  a Massachusetts police officer named Michael J. Motyka was indicted for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon over an alleged beating that was caught on camera in March.
But in the months since the alleged beating occurred, the public has yet to see the video that implicated the Worcester police officer.
Even after prosecutors were ordered to turn the video over to us after we made numerous public records requests.
But the Massachusetts public records law is weak and frequently abused.
Prosecutors say Motyka beat a handcuffed prisoner, Gerald Jones, in a holding cell while making derogatory comments about the

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Federal Judge Rules New York Town Named Liberty Violated Man’s Rights When Arresting Him for Calling It a “Shitty Town”

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
A New York town called Liberty proved to be against liberty after it arrested a man for calling it a “shitty town” in protest over a speeding ticket.
But now that the New York Civil Liberties Union stepped in, the town of Liberty will now learn a lesson in liberty, specifically the First Amendment which gives us the right to criticize government officials.
Even if that criticism includes profanity. Or in this case, three profane words in a five-word sentence.
“Fuck your town, bitches” is exactly what William Barboza wrote on his payment form after pleading guilty for a speeding ticket in 2012.
He

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South Florida Cop Who Left Police Dogs to Die in Heated Car Won’t be Charged

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

A South Florida cop who left two dogs inside his patrol car while he napped inside his home will not face criminal charges. After all, investigators said, Hialeah police officer Nelson Enriquez did not intend to kill the dogs. And intent, according to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, is a requirement to proceed with criminal …
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North Carolina Judge Declares Mistrial In Officer Randall Kerrick Trial in Shooting Death of FAMU Player

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

What started out almost two years ago, has now come to an end with a mistrial in the matter of State vs Randall Kerrick, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell after the college football player had been in a one-car accident. With the uproar in Ferguson caused by the acquittal of …
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Georgia Cops Indicted for Murder After Using Tasers as Cattle Prod on Handcuffed Suspect

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Two former Georgia police officers have been indicted for the murder of 24-year-old Gregory Towns after the officers used their tasers as cattle prods on the handcuffed and complying man. Towns, the father of a 7-month-old baby at the time, was tased 13 times in 29 minutes following a brief foot chase with East Point …
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Virginia Cop Indicted for Murder Two Years After Shooting Man With Raised Arms

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

It took 16 months for the Fairfax County Police Department to release the name of the officer photographed pointing a gun at a man standing in his doorway with his hands raised, a photo snapped by a neighbor moments before officer Adam Torres opened fire, killing John Geer. And it took an additional three months …
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