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U.S. Insurers Explore Officer Coverage as Police Reform Debate Rages

U.S. insurers and brokers are starting to craft professional liability coverage for police officers, spurred on by signs that policymakers in some cities and states want to use a financial stick to curb police misconduct. They see a potential market …

Little Oversight of Security Guards in Illinois

A newspaper investigation has found that private security guards in Illinois often aren’t as closely monitored as police officers, who in recent years have faced scrutiny over excessive force. The Chicago Tribune analyzed state and police records, court documents and …

Woman Sues Missouri Police Agencies Over Son’s Chase Death

The mother of one of three men killed during a 2014 police chase is suing police agencies involved in the Missouri pursuit, insisting her son was an “innocent bystander” in the vehicle and had begged police to call off the …

Federal Agency Challenges Chinese Tourist’s Injury Claim

The United States government is defending itself against a Chinese tourist’s $10 million injury claim with the testimony of a surprising witness – a border agent the government initially fired and charged criminally in the case. Customs and Border Protection …

Federal Appeals Court Rules Officers Can’t be Sued for North Dakota Shooting

Three law enforcement officers who shot a Jamestown man after he came out of his apartment carrying a shotgun did not use excessive force and should not face legal action for the 2010 incident, a federal appeals court says. Michael …

Federal Report Says Cleveland Police Poorly Trained, Reckless

Cleveland police officers use excessive and unnecessary force far too often, are poorly trained in tactics and firearm use and endanger the public and their fellow officers with their recklessness, the U.S. Justice Department said in a report presented Thursday …

Florida Jury Sides With Deputy in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Jurors in Florida’s Panhandle say a sheriff’s deputy did not use excessive force when he shot and killed an unarmed man in 2009. Jeffery Weekley’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2012. Authorities said the shooting happened as Walton …

Punitive Damages Award Reduced in Suit Over 2010 Pittsburgh Traffic Stop

A federal judge has reduced a jury’s award in a civil lawsuit by a Pittsburgh, Pa., man who alleged that police used excessive force against him during a 2010 traffic stop. The jury last summer awarded $105,000 in damages to …

Memphis’ Mayor Considers Police Body Cameras

Memphis’ mayor is asking the consultant who is helping the Tennessee city buy video cameras for police car dashboards to also look into purchasing body cameras for officers. According to The Commercial Appeal, Mayor A C Wharton Jr. says that …

Minneapolis Police Facing 61 Lawsuits Alleging Brutality

The Minneapolis Police Department is facing 61 lawsuits alleging officers used excessive force that led to injuries, a figure that’s more than triple the 19 misconduct lawsuits pending against St. Paul police. Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal said the number …