municipal liability News

Transit Agency, Security Firm Settle Knee-on-Neck Death Lawsuit for $5.5M

San Diego County’s transportation agency has apologized and agreed to pay $5.5 million to the mother of a mentally ill man who died after a security officer kept a knee on his neck for several minutes. It was announced this …

Insurance a Major Factor in Law Enforcement Civil Rights Settlements

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 …

U.S. Court Vacates Qualified Immunity in Excessive Force Case of 5 Police Officers

A federal appeals court has vacated part of a finding that cleared five West Virginia police officers on qualified immunity grounds in an excessive force lawsuit, which was filed by the estate of a homeless black man shot 22 times. …

Hawaii County Pays $15M to Settle Claim Over Man Struck and Killed by Police Car

Hawaii County has agreed to pay a $15.1 million settlement to the family of a Michigan man who was struck and killed by a police patrol car. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported that 63-year-old Jeffrey Surnow was riding a bicycle on …

School Settles with Mother Over Daughter’s Bullying Suicide

A mother whose 13-year-old daughter committed suicide has reached a settlement with the Missouri school district the girl attended. The Columbia Missourian reports Elizabeth Overstreet alleged in the lawsuit that the Hallsville School District did nothing to stop bullying aimed …

Woman Sues Ocean City, Md., Over Sidewalk Ramp Mat

A woman who says a defect in a wheelchair sidewalk ramp in Ocean city, Maryland, caused her to fall out of her wheelchair and break her arm is suing the resort. Eight-nine-year-old Oda Wendt of Philadelphia alleges that a piece …

Nebraska City to Pay $70K to Woman Hurt in Police Crash

The eastern Nebraska city of Papillion has agreed to pay $70,000 in a settlement with a woman injured when a speeding police car slammed into her vehicle in 2008. Alicia Johnston was a 28-year-old hospital nurse at the time of …

Jury Awards Family $8.8M in Killing by California Police Officer

A jury has awarded $8.8 million to the family of a robber who was shot and killed by a police officer east of Los Angeles in Culver City. The Los Angeles Times said a federal jury issued the verdict on …

Chicago Asked to Settle Police Beating Lawsuit

Chicago aldermen have recommended that the city pay $325,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a hemophiliac who alleged he was falsely charged with drunken driving and beaten by a police officer while handcuffed. The City Council’s finance committee recommendation …

Connecticut AG Says State Not Liable for Newtown Shooting

Connecticut’s attorney general says he sympathizes with families affected by the deadly Newtown school shooting but the state isn’t liable for the harm inflicted. Attorney General George Jepson responded to a New Haven attorney’s request to the state claims commissioner …