Jonathan Blanks | April 24, 2017
Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 21, 2017:
- Rochester, New York: Two officers were suspended after the use of force against a man who was riding a dirtbike. At least one body cam was not activated during the incident. ow.ly/ZZqF30b33H7
- Southington, Connecticut: An officer was suspended 30 days for letting his intoxicated girlfriend drive. She caused a fatal accident and was criminally charged in the case.
Today, the Supreme Court declined to review an appeal in the case of Salazar-Limon v. City of Houston (scroll down). Of course, the Court declines most appeals and can only review a small fraction of the cases brought to it. What is noteworthy about this case is the dissent filed by Justice Sotomayor. She wanted to explain why the Court’s denial was a mistake.
The case involved a police shooting in Houston.
Jonathan Blanks | April 21, 2017
Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 20, 2017:
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln: An officer was charged with drunk driving off duty and resigned. ow.ly/oAmI30b0ZTM
- Alamo, Texas: An officer was arrested for felonious assault on a family member. ow.ly/Evxu30b16NT
- Update: Auburn, New York (First reported 4/3/17): The deputy chief pled guilty to DWI. He was originally charged with aggravated DWI because his BAC level was more than twice the legal limit.
Jonathan Blanks | April 20, 2017
Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 19, 2017:
- Update: Woonsocket, Rhode Island (First reported 4/4/17): A suspended officer pled guilty to assaulting a high school student while volunteering at school. He is still employed at the department despite his conviction for abusing his little sister several years ago. ow.ly/w3N930aYQA3
- Lake County, Minnesota: A deputy was placed on leave after a fatal crash that resulted from a high-speed chase that crossed the county line.
Former Seattle Police Chief, Norm Stamper, stopped by last week to discuss his new book, To Protect and Serve: How to Fix America’s Police which had high praise for this web site exposing police misconduct.
Go here to listen to our podcast interview with him.
More on PoliceMisconduct
- Did you have a bad encounter with police and need help?
The Cato Institute is not a legal assistance service. We cannot offer legal advice or referral services.
We strongly advise misconduct victims consult with a lawyer before discussing their cases with others or attempting to go public with their stories.
For some general background information, victims of police misconduct should go here.
Below is some additional information that you may find useful:
- A Guide to Hiring a Lawyer
- Do you qualify for free legal assistance?
- Find a criminal defense lawyer by location
- 10 Questions to ask an attorney that you are thinking about hiring