Police Misconduct Blog


$3.75 mil Settlement for Family of Man Who Died in MI Jail

$3.75 mil Settlement for Family of Man Who Died in MI Jail

Each year, 1 million people are arrested for possession of drugs. Most are sentenced to incarceration and a fine, but a few unlucky people get sentenced to death—not by a judge and jury, but by police officers. That’s what happened to 35-year-old Michigan man William Marshall, who was...

Guard Drives Truck Into ICE Protestors at Private Prison

Guard Drives Truck Into ICE Protestors at Private Prison

On August 14, several protestors with the Jewish activist group Never Again Action (“NAA”) were outside the Wyatt Detention Facility (“WDF”) in Central Falls, Rhode Island. The private prison facility has contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

Denver City Council Votes to End Contracts with Private Prison Giants

Denver City Council Votes to End Contracts with Private Prison Giants

Denver city councilwoman Candi CdeBaca was sworn in just last month. The new councilwoman is a vigorous opponent of renewing the city’s contracts with two of the largest players in the private prison field, CoreCivic and GEO Group. She said the city should not invest in organizations that are...

Dallas Police Laugh as Mentally Ill Man Dies

Dallas Police Laugh as Mentally Ill Man Dies

Tony Timpa’s last words were, “You’re going to kill me.” These words were caught on video after police officers pinned him down. Timpa’s family recently won a legal fight to have body camera footage of his death released as they pursue a lawsuit against the Dallas...

Major Banks Stop Lending to Private Prison Industry

Major Banks Stop Lending to Private Prison Industry

Since the beginning of the year, several major banks have announced they will no longer do business with the private prison industry. Activists have targeted these lenders, and the financing of private prisons has become a Democratic presidential campaign issue.
In 2016, an order was signed...

Video Reveals NYC Police Officer Lied to Grand Jury

Video Reveals NYC Police Officer Lied to Grand Jury

Lying to a grand jury is a crime. Unfortunately, many men and women are behind bars or stuck with a criminal record because officers of the law committed such crimes. 
Too often, law enforcement officers get away with such behavior, but it’s different when video evidence turns up...

Man Taken Off Life Support After Police Misidentify Him

Man Taken Off Life Support After Police Misidentify Him

The family of Alfonso Bennett was briefly in mourning. Bennett had been missing for several weeks when his sister Rosie Brooks received a phone call on May 13 from Mercy Hospital, looking for his relatives. She was told her brother was in the intensive care unit, and she and her sister Brenda...


Cuyahoga County Jail Deaths Spark Uproar

Cuyahoga County Jail Deaths Spark Uproar

In 2018, eight inmates died in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County Jail. In May 2019, a ninth inmate succumbed. Before 2018, the annual death toll for the past decade at the facility never exceeded two. The causes of the 2018 deaths involved four suicides, three drug overdoses, and one related to...

California Jail Care Is So Bad That Some Inmates Ask to Go to Prison

California Jail Care Is So Bad That Some Inmates Ask to Go to Prison

Over the past eight years, huge changes occurred in California’s criminal justice system. Reduction of prison overcrowding was the impetus behind these changes after a 2011 U.S. Supreme Court decision required prison downsizing, and there is no question that there are far fewer inmates in the...