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Nonprofit’s Lawsuit Seeks Access to Baltimore Police Records

A lawsuit recently filed by a Baltimore nonprofit alleges the city department that handles police records is improperly shielding police misconduct documents. The suit brought by the transparency advocacy group Open Justice Baltimore and two journalists alleges the Baltimore Law …

Vermont State Police Releases List of 11 Internal Investigations

The latest summary of internal investigations against Vermont State Police troopers listed 11 cases that led to the resignation of two troopers, the retirement of a third, and in other cases found that no violations took place. The document released …

Philadelphia Sued by Man Exonerated After 37 Years in Prison

A Philadelphia man freed after 37 years in prison in a case tainted by perjured testimony accused the city of “outrageous police misconduct” in a lawsuit filed Thursday, the same day his 1984 murder case was dismissed. Willie Stokes left …

South Carolina Agency Clears Fired Charleston Police Lieutenant of Misconduct

A South Carolina agency cleared a former Charleston police lieutenant who was fired for alleged misconduct in a case involving a fellow officer accused of striking a handcuffed man. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Council determined that Charleston police …

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 …

Ohio Jury Awards $50M to Man Who Alleged Police Locked Him in Closet

A jury in Cleveland on Friday awarded $50 million to a man who claimed police beat him while he was handcuffed and locked him in a storage closet for four days with no toilet and nothing to eat or drink …

Chicago Aldermen Back $20M Settlement in Police ‘Code of Silence’ Case

A Chicago City Council committee has recommended paying a total of $20 million to families of two men who were killed when a drunken off-duty police detective slammed into their car nine years ago. The committee backed the settlement after …

Police Misconduct Lawsuit Settlements Cost Dallas Millions Over 5 Years

Records show that Dallas, Texas, has spent almost $11 million in the past five years settling more than 20 lawsuits against police, a huge increase compared to the previous five years. KDFW-TV reports the city spent less than $400,000 to …