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New Mexico Lawmakers Propose Cap on Damages in Police Accountability Bill

A bill that would strip police officers of immunity from civil rights lawsuits in state court is being rewritten to cap potential damage awards at $2 million, in a concession to critics who warned of dire financial consequences for local …

Louisville Agrees to Pay Breonna Taylor’s Family $12 Million, Enact Police Reforms

Louisville, Kentucky agreed to pay the family of Breonna Taylor a $12 million settlement and enact a series of reforms as part of the largest police misconduct payout in the city’s history after officers shot and killed the unarmed Black …

Insurers Exploring ‘New World’ of Police Officer Professional Liability

U.S. insurers and brokers are starting to craft professional liability coverage for police officers, spurred on by signs that policymakers in some cities and states want to use a financial stick to curb police misconduct. They see a potential market …

German Officials Seize Server With U.S. Police Files Stolen in Data Breach

At the behest of the U.S. government, German authorities have seized a computer server that hosted a huge cache of files from scores of U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement agencies obtained in a Houston data breach last month. …

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 …

Qualified Immunity Suggests Police Are Above the Law: Opinion

The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 introduced by House Democrats this week contains a provision that is likely to become the subject of lively debate: The provision effectively eliminates the legal defense known as “qualified immunity” for state and …

XL Catlin & PGU to Offer EPLI Cover for Public Officials, Educators & Police

XL Catlin’s insurance companies and Professional Governmental Underwriters Inc. (PGU) have entered into an underwriting agreement to offer public entity management and employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) to public officials, educators and law enforcement agencies in the US. Under the …

Connecticut Man Awarded $10K in Police Brutality Suit

A Connecticut man has been awarded $10,000 in damages after a federal judge ruled that he had been beaten by a police officer after a drug fueled car chase. Donato Rinaldi, of Watertown, Conn., filed the suit in 2014 against …

Western New York Man Hit by Police Cruiser Sues for $7 Million

A western New York man struck by a Rochester police cruiser earlier this year has filed a $7 million lawsuit against the department. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported that 24-year-old Brian Norford claims in the lawsuit that police used …

Providence to Pay $210K to Settle Police Brutality Clam

The city of Providence, Rhode Island has agreed to pay $210,000 to settle a police brutality lawsuit filed by a Central Falls man who was beaten in 2009 while in handcuffs and left in a coma. WPRI-TV reported that the …