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$75,000 Settles Baltimore Man's Excessive Force Claim

by Christopher Zoukis

A Baltimore, Maryland man has agreed to a $75,000 settlement of his claim that two Baltimore police officers used excessive force against him.

John Bonkowski was driving drunk May 13, 2012, when he was pulled over by Detective Mike McSpadden and Sergeant Harvey Martini. During the ...

$80,000 Jury Award in Texas Excessive Force Claim

by Christopher Zoukis

A jury has awarded a Carrolton, Texas man $80,000 for damages sustained when a police officer used excessive force against him.

Jason Dean Geils was arrested for DUI on December 9, 2009. Carrolton police officer Don Patin brought Geils to the jail, and during the booking ...

$2,000 Settles Texas False Arrest Claim

by Christopher Zoukis

A Whitehouse, Texas woman and her minor son have settled a claim of false arrest and false imprisonment for $2,000.

Candace Caroline McCarrell was driving with her son, J.M., on June 8, 2012, when she was pulled over by Whitehouse police officer David Earl Allen ...

$385,000 to Victim of Police Sex Abuse in Penn.

by Christopher Zoukis

A police officer and the city that employed him settled a federal civil rights claim brought by a woman who alleged that the officer sexually abused her. Pursuant to the June 10, 2013 settlement, Bristol Borough agreed to pay the woman $385,000 from a self-insurance pool ...

$327,500 to 77-Year-Old for Civil Rights Violations

by Christopher Zoukis

An elderly Chicago woman was awarded $327,500 in damages for the violation of her civil rights by overzealous and misinformed Chicago police officers. The June 28, 2013 verdict awarded damages for embarrassment and humiliation, injury to reputation and emotional distress.

Merien Macon and her 83-year-old husband ...

$160,000 to Maryland Man for Civil Rights Violations

by Christopher Zoukis

One night in October 2011, Sabah Ali noticed that a co-worker had been pulled over for a broken headlight at a local 7-Eleven. Ali pulled into the parking lot to assist his friend, and things quickly went sideways.

As the co-worker was showing Ali the warning citation ...

$88,616 to Florida Woman Falsely Arrested

by Christopher Zoukis

On May 13, 2007, Orlando real estate broker Ana Maria Hazleton was at home when Orlando police officers responded to a call that there was a disturbance on her front lawn. The four officers, Brandon Loverde, Fernando Trinidad, Frank Sikos and Edward Albino, arrested Hazleton's son ...

$10,000 Settles North Carolina Man's Claim of Assault, False Arrest

by Christopher Zoukis

A Gaston County, North Carolina man has accepted $10,000 to settle a lawsuit in which he alleged that police officers violated his civil rights, assaulted him and falsely arrested him.

Mark D. Ewing, a 46-year-old disabled man, was mowing his lawn August 9, 2008 when he ...

Kentucky Cop Resigns After Unconstitutional Search

by Christopher Zoukis

A Hopkinsville, Kentucky police officer submitted his resignation September 5, 2017 rather than be fired for several warrantless searches of a home.

Officer Jason Brent responded to a home on South Campbell Street in Hopkinsville after receiving a call reporting drug activity at the home. According to ...

$1,000,000 Jury Verdict Against Sheriff Who Engaged in Political Retaliation

by Christopher Zoukis

A Chicago area jury awarded $1,000,000 to a DuPage County Sheriff's deputy who claimed that she was passed over for a promotion because she didn't support the Sheriff's political campaign.

Susan Lakics was a longtime employee of the DuPage County Sheriff's ...


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