Kia Franklin

In the News (Police Force Lawsuits Abound)

In the news today: all sorts of police force lawsuits. Today's NYT discusses a taser lawsuit filed against the town of Hamden, Connecticut, and a police sergeant, by the mother of a 26-year-old who was killed by police after being stunned with a Taser at least four times. This lawsuit is just one of several recent stories highlighting growing attention to the use of force by police. Yesterday was the anniversary of the death of Sean Bell; last week, to mark the year anniversary, the family of a 92-year-old woman who was shot and killed by police in a spray of 40 shots in her own home filed a lawsuit against the Atlanta police; and last week, an 18 year old Brooklyn teen died in the now-typical Amadou Diallo fashion.

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Posted at 10:02 AM, Nov 27, 2007 in In the News
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Criminal lover lawyers sue the police. The lawsuits work. They deter the police from showing up quickly. Far better to arrive hours after the crime is over. Just do the paper work and avoid being sued for intervening.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | November 28, 2007 3:35 AM

I think the various states need to reinstate at least limited sovereign immunity for the various governmental units and agencies. What we have in many states such as New York is nothing less than the looting of public treasuries as juries, no more fond of government than I am, routinely make ridiculous awards against the likes of New York City

Posted by: Paul W Dennis | November 29, 2007 7:05 PM

If someone in my family were murdered or brutalized because of the now-classic wallet/gun conundrum, I would sue the city for creating an environment in which cops think this is ok and can bet they'll get away with it.

Limited sovereign immunity--that's already de facto in place. Like the officer who shot and killed in road rage, and then strolled on in the next day to confess, and then strolled on out on no charges.

That's what's ridiculous. Not awards against NYC for cases like these. What's ridiculous is the excessive force being used w/o a blink of an eye, used primarily against black and brown young men, with no consequences to the (pick a diagnosis:) poorly trained, racist, overly fearful, or trigger happy officers that do it.

A story on NPR earlier in the week said that only a very small percentage of the police force is responsible for a huge percentage of unnecessary stop/frisks and police misconduct complaints. We need a better system of oversight & discipline for these bad apples who are spoiling the bunch. What we don't need is to weaken the little recourse left for the families of victims of this institutionalized atrocity.

Posted by: Kia | November 30, 2007 12:48 PM