Abuse by law enforcement officers in the United States is
one of the most serious and divisive human rights violations in the country.
The violations persist nationwide, in rural, suburban, and urban areas
of the country, committed by various law enforcement personnel including
local and state police, sheriff's departments, and federal agents. Police
have engaged in unjustified shootings, severe beatings, fatal choking's,
and unnecessarily rough treatment. While the proportion of repeatedly
abusive officers on any force is generally small, responsible authorities?
including law enforcement supervisors, as well as local and federal government
leadership?often fail to act decisively to restrain or penalize such acts.
MAN SHOT BY COP GETS 17.5M
A Manhattan Supreme Court jury yesterday ordered the city to
pay $17.5 million to a man left paralyzed after being shot in the back
by an off-duty cop in 1995.
$225K SETTLES WOMEN SAID DEPUTY FORCED HER TO HAVE
BEULAH - Benzie County and a woman who said a deputy sexually assaulted
her in the county jail agreed to a settle her federal lawsuit for nearly
a quarter-million dollars. full
MOTHER SETTLES SUIT CLAIMING SON KILLED SELF AFTER
POLICE THREATENED TO 'OUT' HIM
MINERSVILLE, Pa. - The mother of a high school football
player who killed himself after police officers allegedly threatened to
tell his family he was gay has settled a lawsuit over the death. Under
the agreement, Madonna Sterling and her attorney will get $100,000 from
the borough of Minersville to drop her claim that the officers were partly
responsible for the suicide of her son, Marcus Wayman.
JURY: MIAMI MUST PAY $255,000 FOR POLICE EXCEESSIVE
The federal jury decided Officer Louis Ferraro used excessive
force in his 1997 arrest of Kim Lee but awarded less than half of the
amount her attorney suggested. Ferraro retired after the lawsuit was filed.
MILLIONS AWARDED IN KILLING BY COP
A lengthy chapter in a controversial case ended Wednesday
when a Wayne County Circuit Court jury awarded $4 million to the family
of a 20-year-old man who was fatally shot by Detroit Police Officer Eugene
Brown."I feel it brought closure for both of us, my attorney and
me, and the Grable family," Brown said Wednesday night. "I'm
sure they feel vindicated." full
KILLED BY BOSTON POLICE
On April 3rd, 2001 my son Justin Ronchetti was shot and killed by a Boston
City undercover police officer. My son was 21 years old...and my only
child. My son had a drug addiction problem and had been struggling with
it for almost a year. I'm getting no answers from the police department.
Actually, they're pretty useless and extremely insensitive to my loss.
MAN ALLEGEDLY FRAMED BY LAPD FILED LAWSUIT
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Javier Ovando, who was allegedly framed by Los Angeles
Police Department officers in a shooting for which he spent three years
in prison, has filed a lawsuit in California State court. full
KILLED BY POLICE APRIL 21, 1994
Tommy was killed by Sgt. Doug LaLone minutes after we called 911 for
an ambulance. Tommy was cutting himself. He had committed no crime--he
did not have a gun. The UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
reversed the lower court's decision and remanded LaLone and Shell back
to Bay City for trial.
Victims of police wrongful shootings and other abuses have won millions
from Miami in court. Raul Sosa and other victims of police brutality and
misconduct have won millions from the city of Miami in the courts. Is
this simply the city's cost of doing business? full