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Posted 10 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Man Can Sue Iowa Police for Stun Gun Attack

An Iowa man who was immobilized with a stun gun by police in 2007 will be allowed to bring a lawsuit against the force, the state Supreme Court ruled last week. A lower court had previously disallowed the lawsuit, claiming that the officers were protected by the state’s Tort Claims Act, which gives immunity in most circumstances to state law enforcement agents who are carrying out their duties. The litigation stems from an incident that took place over six years …

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Posted 11 months ago in Jury Awards Personal Injury by Sylvia Hsieh  
L.A. Sheriff’s Dept. Pays $2M for Shooting Man in the Back

Parents of a man whom a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy shot dead as he ran away won a $2 million jury award. Efrain Lara Gutierrez encountered the deputies around 1 a.m. on Oct. 2, 2009 when they saw Gutierrez and another man near cars. The deputies said they suspected the men of breaking into cars and that Gutierrez was armed with a knife. The deputies claimed they chased the two men, until Gutierrez reached a fence where he was …

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Posted 11 months ago in Jury Awards by Sylvia Hsieh  
Man Falsely Accused by Police Awarded $1M

A Chicago barber who was falsely accused of assaulting a police officer and thrown in jail for over a year has won a $1 million jury verdict seven years after his ordeal. John Collins was getting a ride home from a friend after a day of cutting hair in January 2006 when police pulled up behind them with their lights flashing. Police proceeded to arrest Collins for no apparent reason and then slapped him around when he wouldn’t stop asking …

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Posted 11 months ago in Crime Marijuana by Josh Crank  
Feds Nab Drug Dealing Deputy in Georgia

It’s not unheard of for a police officer to have marijuana in his cruiser, or even to sell a little dope here and there. Customarily, this is done as part of a police operation, not as part of a cop’s moonlighting gig. Atlanta-area sheriff’s deputy Darrell Mathis took a slightly different approach. While wearing his full uniform, Mathis would chauffeur pounds of pot to his customers in his Newton County cruiser. It was a good business for Mathis — according …

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Posted 1 year ago in Jury Awards Personal Injury by Sylvia Hsieh  
Chicago Police Must Pay $8.5M for Shooting Teen in the Back

The city of Chicago must pay a grieving mother $8.5 million for the actions of a police officer, John Fitzgerald, who shot her 18-year-old son in the back and allegedly planted a gun at the scene after the shooting. The death of Aaron Harrison, who was shot while running from Chicago police, set off protests after it happened in 2007. He was shot after a two-car convoy of police, known as a “wolf pack,” saw a group of young men. …

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