Police Misconduct Blog



Jurors Rap Cops in Police Beat Down Case

[Ed. Note. This post contains a video which some viewers may find disturbing.] A federal jury ruled against two Des Moines police officers and found they used excessive force. Dustin Burnikel claims he was beaten by the two cops on a downtown street.
According to his complaint, Burnikel...


Two Prison Guards Charged with Inmate Abuse in Columbia County

Two Prison Guards Charged with Inmate Abuse in Columbia County

Two correctional officers at Columbia Correctional Institution in Wisconsin, Russell Goldsmith (63) and Michael Thompson (46), have been charged with abuse of an inmate and misconduct of public office.
The incident spans several days and involves several people. On October 25th an inmate spat...

Who Handles Meds in Private Prisons?

Who Handles Meds in Private Prisons?

Jails And Prison Healthcare Providers Responsible for Medication Errors A recent jury verdict in Texas suggests that substance abuse facilities don’t have to follow the same rules as ordinary hospitals and clinics. In most healthcare facilities, only medically licensed professionals have...


Washington Inmate Awarded $549,000 in Pain Medication Denial Case

Etienne Choquette, 54, an inmate in the Washington State penal system, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis back in 2009. In early November 2018, a federal jury in Tacoma awarded him $149,000 in compensatory damages and $400,000 in punitive damages – damages meant to punish the offender for,...


Breaking Story: 62 Year Old Detainee Found Dead in Cell

Breaking Story: 62 Year Old Detainee Found Dead in Cell

As a former corrections officer and prosecutor, I cringe whenever I read about someone dying in prison or jail. Many of these deaths, especially those of recent arrestees, are preventable. To many people die in jails around the country each year because of poor medical care. Tonight we share...

Michigan Jail Doctor Accused of Sexual Misconduct with Inmates

Michigan Jail Doctor Accused of Sexual Misconduct with Inmates

Macomb County prosecutors have accused Dr. Steven Cogswell, a physician treating inmates at the Macomb County Jail, with six counts of second-degree criminal sexual contact.
Cogswell was employed by Correct Care Solutions, a Tennessee-based company supplying medical services to Macomb County...