Entries by brian

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Washington police accused of misconduct after protests

After the large scale protests around the country related to George Floyd’s death , the Seattle police watchdog organization was overwhelmed with complaints about police misconduct. Such a large volume of complaints were filed in a short period of time that the local police accountability office had difficulty sorting out duplicate incident reports and responding […]

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Washington D.C. is about to reform their police to prevent violence and misconduct

Concerns over police brutality and misconduct have led lawmakers in Washington D.C. to look into changes that would provide more oversight and accountability. This comes as a part of larger national reforms and movements to defund police departments.   Local lawmakers present a number of changes that they believe will reduce police brutality Most of the […]

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Columbia South Carolina residents demand that officers who shot suspects be charged

People all over the United States have become more frustrated as police officers use their firearms in situations where deadly force is not necessary. Incidents where two police officers in Columbia, South Carolina shot black suspects had protesters asking for their resignations and additional actions to be taken by the local government.  Angry residents look […]

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Iowa City demonstrators may have been wrongfully arrested for stealing documents from police

Residents in Iowa City were concerned that police may have been using fabricated or inapplicable charges to arrest and charge protesters while using unnecessary force to make arrests.  Protesters steal sensitive information and share it to be broadcast on local TV The incident began when officers were patrolling a protest near the area of Iowa’s […]

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Las Vegas protests result in arson as well as injured demonstrators and police officers

Protests in Las Vegas, Nevada turned violent as police deployed tear gas and other forms of force on demonstrators. Some of the demonstrators also responded with more violence by burning cars and committing acts of arson.  Protests descend into violence that injures demonstrators and officers Tensions grew as crowds gathered for protests were declared unlawful […]

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Richmond Virginia police actions were scrutinized after demonstrators were shot with tear gas

Local leaders in Richmond, Virginia were concerned about police misconduct during protests related to the death of George Floyd. Some officers deployed tear gas improperly and got into physical altercations with protesters.  Protests and police response ignite a larger discussion about policing in the city The incident that sparked the discussion involved a group of […]

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Fort Lauderdale police officer is suspended when multiple witnesses saw him knock a protesting woman to the ground

A Fort Lauderdale police officer was suspended after a video clearly captured him hitting a kneeling woman during a peaceful protest related to the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota days earlier.  Disgraced officer instigated violence with local protesters The footage shows the officer walking through a crowd of protesters who were mostly kneeling […]

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What does stand your ground law mean?

There are a number of laws that allow people to defend themselves and others nearby to prevent harm from criminal activity and perceived threats. Some states have a law called “stand your ground” that allows extreme or deadly force to be used when certain serious threats are nearby. The legal doctrine called no duty to […]

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What constitutes reasonable suspicion?

The law provides a number of evidentiary burdens that must be met in order for the government to take action. Within the context of policing, reasonable suspicion is one of the most important concepts that law enforcement officers use while on patrol every day. It is also a significant constitutional law concept that triggers Fourth […]

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How dangerous is a chokehold?

Over the years, police have used a number of different tactics to stop and apprehend suspects while they are in the streets. Some of these methods have caused controversy and are no longer in use due to the potential to cause more harm than necessary, including serious injuries or death. What are chokeholds and why […]

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What does Graham vs Connor mean?

In U.S. history, there have been a number of lawsuits that have been appealed all the way through the court system to the U.S. Supreme Court. Many of these cases have become landmark civil rights decisions. Regarding the issue of police brutality, Graham v. Connor from 1989 is one of the most important opinions ever […]