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Self-Insured Minneapolis Will Tap City Budget to Pay Floyd Settlement

Minneapolis will have to look beyond its insurance fund to pay out the $27 million settlement to George Floyd’s family over his killing by police last year. The settlement, one of the largest pre-trial payments for police misconduct ever, will …

Female Firefighters Turn to Courts to Fight Gender Discrimination

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The highest ranking female firefighter in Asheville, North Carolina, says she was repeatedly discriminated against because of her sex and fought to keep her job while battling breast cancer. The first female chief of a municipal …

Oregon City Paid Ex-Police Officer $250K to Settle Lawsuit

An officer who made headlines for excessive use of force allegations and a whistleblower lawsuit resigned from the Springfield Police Department at the end of 2020. Ryan Stone and City Manager Nancy Newton signed a separation agreement on Dec. 31 …

Insurance Plays Key Role in Civil Rights Settlements Against Law Enforcement

Municipalities, their insurers and risk pools should be heeding the current public re-examination of police and prosecutorial actions taking place across the country, according to an insurance policyholder attorney who works on civil rights cases. Attorney Alexander Brown sees the …

Supreme Court Rejects Appeals Over Police ‘Qualified Immunity’

The U.S. Supreme Court this week refused to take up a new test of “qualified immunity,” rejecting several appeals that challenged the legal doctrine that has become a broad liability shield for police officers accused of civil rights violations. Qualified …

REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT: A United Front Takes Aim at Police Immunity From Lawsuits

The diverse opponents of qualified immunity have thrown their weight behind at least five appeals now awaiting the Supreme Court’s attention, each considered a potential means of removing or softening the doctrine. One of them is the case of Alexander …

Opinion: What If Public Employees Could Sue Government Over Covid-19?

Suppose you’re working in an essential industry and your employer hasn’t provided you with adequate personal protective equipment. Maybe you say to yourself, “Okay, there’s a shortage, they’re trying.” Then you discover that just a couple of years ago, your …

Indiana City Shares Responsibility for Crash That Killed 3, Lawsuit Says

A lawsuit says a northern Indiana city shares responsibility for a crash that killed two children and a man who were walking along a sidewalk. Authorities say Leonard Grosswiler was driving in August 2017 when his vehicle struck five pedestrians …

Lawyer Hit by Garbage Can to Get $2.1 Million from Insurers for Des Moines

Insurers for the city of Des Moines paid $2.1 million to a lawyer who alleged he suffered head injuries when he was hit by a falling garbage can. The city released a copy of its November settlement with Jaysen McCleary …

Taser Deaths Produce at Least 442 Lawsuits Against Police, Municipalities: Reuters

In a first-of-its-kind review of court documents, police reports, other public records and news accounts, Reuters compiled the most comprehensive public accounting to date of deaths and litigation that followed police use of Tasers. In all, reporters documented 1,005 people …