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$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 ...

$36,203 Jury Award in California Excessive Force Case

by Christopher Zoukis

A federal jury awarded a South Lake Tahoe man $36,203 in a lawsuit alleging the use of excessive force by South Lake Tahoe police. The jury award came in on March 7, 2007, after a four-day trial.

Rodney Ward was drinking alcohol with a friend on May ...

$320,000 Settlement in Wrongful Imprisonment Case

by Christopher Zoukis

A federal lawsuit alleging wrongful arrest and imprisonment by the LAPD settled for $320,000 on January 16, 2007.

The case involved the murder of 16-year-old Martha Puebla, who was shot and killed outside her Sun Valley, California home. Puebla was murdered just 11 days after she testified ...

$36,000 Settles Palm Beach False Arrest

by Christopher Zoukis

A lawsuit brought by the fiancé of a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida cop against a Palm Beach County detective settled for $36,000 on January 10, 2007.The case involved a series of thefts committed by Steven Hipsher while he was employed at a Home Depot in Boca ...

$1.625 Million Jury Award For Civil Rights Violation by Charlotte "Special Police"

by Christopher Zoukis

A federal jury awarded over a million and a half dollars in damages to four people injured by Charlotte, North Carolina "Special Police Officers" in a January 2007 decision.

The lawsuit stemmed from an incident that took place on June 13, 2001 at Champ's Cafe in ...

Criminal Cops: Tracking Crimes Committed by Police Officers

by Christopher Zoukis

Police officers are sworn to uphold the law. When the uniform goes on, they become arbiters and enforcers of right and wrong. But a new police crime database reveals an important and often overlooked aspect of the job: Police officers are people first, cops second. And people ...

Georgia Supreme Court Grants New Trial After Trial Transcript Lost

by Christopher Zoukis

The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously ruled on October 2, 2017 that a convicted murderer was entitled to a new trial because the original trial transcript was destroyed in a fire, and the State’s efforts to recreate it were wholly insufficient.

Craig Johnson was found guilty of malice ...




 

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