Police Misconduct Blog



Federal Prisons Losing the War Against Coronavirus

Federal Prisons Losing the War Against Coronavirus

Since the pandemic hit the U.S. in March, 135 inmates and 2 staff members in the federal Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”) system have succumbed to Covid-19. The situation will worsen, as BOP practices such as prisoner transfers exacerbate the situation and spread disease. Rather than limit...

Death Toll Rises as U.S. Jails Outsource Medical Care

Death Toll Rises as U.S. Jails Outsource Medical Care

It is a plaintive, heart-wrenching plea. Matthew Loflin, 32, an inmate at the Chatham County Detention Center (“CCDC”) in Savannah, Georgia, tells his mom on a phone call that “I’m gonna die in here.” His words were prophetic.
As of early 2014, Loflin had spent...




Oregon to Pay $2.7 Million in Inmate Flu Death

Oregon to Pay $2.7 Million in Inmate Flu Death

The largest settlement in the Oregon Department of Corrections’ (“DOC”) history, $2.7 million, was awarded to the brother of a man who suffered for weeks while prison medical staff ignored him. His half-brother, Stephen Brown, filed the lawsuit.
In January 2018, Oregon State...

Police Dogs Bite Someone More Than Once a Week in Indianapolis

Police Dogs Bite Someone More Than Once a Week in Indianapolis

Many city K-9 units average one dog bite every three years. In Indianapolis, the average is every five days. That is the highest police dog bite rate in the nation’s 20 largest cities.
Between 2017 and 2019, dogs in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD)’s K-9...

North Carolina Man Dies in Police Custody While Cries for Help Ignored

North Carolina Man Dies in Police Custody While Cries for Help Ignored

A man whom Charlotte-Mecklenburg County police saw eat a large amount of cocaine died while in custody. The officers did not try to get medical help for him, left him unattended in violation of department regulations, and failed to respond to his calls for help.
Harold Easter, 41, was taken...

Utah Police Shoot 13-Year-Old Autistic Boy After Mother Calls 911

On September 4, Golda Barton called 911 regarding her 13-year-old autistic son, Linden Cameron. The Salt Lake City boy was going through a mental crisis, and she wanted police to deescalate the situation.
Instead, after police arrived at the home, one officer shot Linden 11 times, leaving him...