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Judge Dismisses Claims in Oregon Armed Occupation Death Suit

A federal judge has tossed most of the civil claims brought in a wrongful death lawsuit by the family of an Arizona rancher who served as spokesperson for the armed takeover of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in early 2016. …

Family of Woman Shot by Police Reaches $3M Settlement With Baltimore County

A $3 million settlement has been reached in the 2016 death of a Black woman shot by Baltimore County police after a standoff, a county official and attorneys for the woman’s family confirmed to a newspaper Wednesday. The Baltimore Sun …

Georgia City Pays $500K to Settle 2017 Police Custody Death

A local government in Georgia agreed Tuesday to pay $500,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a Hispanic man who died in a struggle with police officers 2017. Columbus Council members met in closed session and approved …

Suits Over New York Police Handling of 2020 Racial Protests to Proceed

A federal judge rejected a request by New York City to dismiss lawsuits claiming police violated the constitutional rights of people protesting racial injustice after the death of George Floyd last year. U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in Manhattan on …

California Moves Investigations of Police Shooting Cases to Attorney General

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — New protocols announced Wednesday by California Attorney General Rob Bonta seek to provide more transparency around one of the most emotional and disturbing areas of policing: the fatal shooting of an unarmed civilian. Investigations into such cases …

Supreme Court Rejects Appeals Over Police ‘Qualified Immunity’

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up a new test of “qualified immunity,” rejecting several appeals that challenged the legal doctrine that has become a broad liability shield for police officers accused of civil rights violations. Qualified immunity has …

California High Court Sides With Police in Fight Over Chases

The California Supreme Court on Monday rejected a lawsuit that could have made it easier to hold police in the state liable for crashes during pursuits. A state law that gives law enforcement agencies broad protection from lawsuits arising from …

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 …