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Philadelphia Obtains $5M Police Liability Insurance for Democratic Convention

In the wake of protests in various cities and the police shootings in Dallas, the city of Philadelphia has purchased a law enforcement liability policy in case it or its police officers are sued over their performance of their duties …

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 …

Delaware City Pays $15K Deductible in Settling Police Kick Lawsuit

Officials say a Delaware city has paid its $15,000 insurance deductible in settling a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union after a white police officer kicked a black suspect in the head and broke his jaw Officials confirmed …

Mass. Faces Legal, Logistical Obstacles in Introducing Police Body Cameras

In light of recent events nationwide involving police and the use of force, everyone seems to have fallen in love with the idea of fitting police with body-worn cameras to record activity. But in all likelihood, it will be some …

NYPD to Track Potential Problem Officers With New Database

The New York Police Department is trying to root out its problem officers and monitor patterns of potential misbehavior by creating a database that combines information from several city agencies on lawsuits, misconduct complaints, internal probes and such seemingly mundane …

NYC Reaches $5.9M Settlement in Eric Garner Chokehold Death Case

New York City reached a $5.9 million settlement with the family of an unarmed black man who died after being put in a choke-hold by a police officer. Eric Garner’s death in a confrontation over the sale of loose cigarettes …

Kinsale Introduces Law Enforcement/Police Professional Liability Product

Kinsale Insurance Co. has launched a new law enforcement/police professional product. Eligible accounts include boroughs, cities, counties, townships and villages’ law enforcement departments serving populations of 100,000 or less. Larger venues may be submitted for underwriting review. Target law enforcement/police …

Georgia City Police Settles for $1M Over Stun Gun Death

Attorneys say an Atlanta-area city has agreed to pay $1 million to the family of a man who died after police officers used stun guns on him. Chris Stewart, a lawyer for the family of Gregory Towns Jr., said the …

South Carolina Jury Awards $97 Million in Mayor’s Shooting

A federal jury in Charleston has awarded the family of the former mayor of Cottageville $97 million for his shooting death. The jury reached the decision in the negligence and wrongful death suit filed by the family of Burt Reeves. …

Florida Sheriff’s Office Pays $1.15M in Wrongful Death

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has paid $1.15 million to the estate of a mentally ill woman who died in her jail cell. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told the Tampa Bay Times that 50-year-old Jennifer DeGraw should have never been arrested. …