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Family of Man Who Died After North Dakota Arrest Settles Lawsuit for $325K

The family of a man who died after being arrested by Valley City, N.D., police in 2018 has reached a settlement in a civil lawsuit against the city, Barnes County and two police officers. The family of 72-year-old Warren Lindvold …

Ohio Bowling Alley Where Off-Duty Officer Killed Man Settles Suit for $1.2M

The company that owned a Cleveland, Ohio, bowling alley has settled part of a lawsuit brought by the family of a man who was fatally shot there by an off-duty police officer in 2018. Court documents show the company that …

REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT: When Cops Kill, Redress Is Rare, Except in Famous Cases

The 2014 shooting death of black teen Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, prompted angry protests and trained a national spotlight on a perceived lack of police accountability for violent encounters with the public. Since then, …

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 …

How Police Dog Bites Woman Became a Federal Case

Dog bites man may not be a news story — but in nine western states, it’s grounds for a constitutional case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has allowed a lawsuit by a woman who fell asleep …

Report: Law Enforcement Claims Cost South Carolina $17M in 2014

South Carolina taxpayers are spending millions of dollars a year addressing alleged misdeeds by law officers or detention officials including excessive force and civil rights violations. The Greenville News reports the state last year spent $17 million to defend officers …

Man Shot During Minnesota Drug Bust Gets $350K from County Insurance

Minnesota’s Stearns County’s insurance trust has paid $350,000 to a man who was shot in the back by a sheriff’s lieutenant during a drug bust. John Albert Sorensen had sued the county and now-retired Lt. David McLaughlin, alleging excessive force. …