From the Sacramento Bee:
Once referred to by a local attorney as the “Million Dollar Man,” a former sheriff’s deputy cost the county of Sacramento more than $2 million in awards and settlements during his 23 years on the force.
By the time Donald Black retired Oct. 1 following his arrest on suspicion of child molestation and steroid possession, his actions had resulted in at least 10 payouts by the county, most of them involving excessive force allegations, according to a spreadsheet provided to The Sacramento Bee in response to a Public Records Act request. The largest payout – $1.5 million – went to a woman who had a 3-inch chunk of flesh taken out of her calf by Black’s then-K-9 partner. In another case, according to a court complaint, Black and another deputy allegedly terrified a man during a traffic stop by pointing an unloaded pellet gun at his head and pulling the trigger….
At the time that he retired, Black, 43, earned about $95,000 annually, including educational incentive pay. He has begun to draw his pension, totaling almost $5,400 per month, according to county spokeswoman Chris Andis. Even if Black is convicted of any of the charges he faces, he is likely to remain eligible for that money, according to guidelines in the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2014.
From the Associated Press:
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man suffered severe burns to his knees and buttocks after a Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy forced him to kneel and sit on hot asphalt for nearly half an hour, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit.The lawsuit filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque alleges Deputy Chris Starr made Jonathan Griego, 23, kneel on the scorching asphalt during a June traffic stop on a day when temperatures reached 96 degrees in the city.Starr demanded that Griego kneel and sit on the asphalt, where he was forced to “literally cook” after a needle was found in his pocket, court papers said….According to the lawsuit, Starr ignored Griego’s complaints that the heat was burning through his pants and undergarments.
From Yahoo News:
Last July in Texas, Angel and Ashley Dobbs were stopped by a state trooper while on a road trip to Oklahoma, allegedly for littering. The cops then thought they smelled marijuana in the car, and subjected both women to a genital search on the side of the road. The trooper, who’s since lost her job, did not even change the latex glove she was wearing in between searching the genitals of the women, the women allege. The Dobbs, an aunt and niece, settled the case for $185,000.
“It’s embarrassing, it’s humiliating,” said Scott Palmer, the Dobbs’ attorney. “I was proud of them, they didn’t use pseudonyms, but now their names are forever known as victims of this very intimate, nasty search and it happened on video and it’s all over the world.”
The shame associated with the searches may prevent more victims from coming forward, Palmer said.
Six weeks earlier, two other Texas women say they were genitally probed by state troopers near Houston after they were pulled over for speeding and told there was a marijuana smell in their car. Texas’ Department of Public Safety says troopers are prohibited from these types of searches and that there is no policy encouraging them.
From Fox News:
Surveillance video showing a Dallas police officer shooting a mentally ill man standing still about 20 feet away contradicts the assertion of an officer that the man threatened his safety by lunging at him with a knife.
Bobby Gerald Bennett remains hospitalized after being shot in the stomach Monday. The officer who shot him, Cardan Spencer, is on indefinite administrative leave pending a criminal investigation after a neighbor released surveillance video that captured the incident.
Los Angeles Sheriff Deputies burst into Eugene Mallory’s home expecting to find a meth lab, but turns out there was no meth.
Police say that the 80-year-old Mallory, who was in bed, reached for one of his handguns. That’s when the police shot him six times, killing him.
Mallory’s wife is now bringing a wrongful death lawsuit against the police department.
Where did the police get the idea that there might be a meth lab in this home? According to the news account, an officer had been in the area and could smell the types of chemicals that are used to make meth. Hmm. Perhaps enough to conduct further investigation–watching the premises, for example.
Shouldn’t be enough for raiding someone’s home.
Another case of a woman arrested for DUI and where the controversy concerns what was done to her after she was taken to the jail.
See the video below. An officer gets angry when Cassandra Feuerstein does not follow his instructions for the mug shot and throws her head first into the concrete bed frame.
From ABC News and the Chicago Tribune: