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$1.7 Million to be Paid to Family for a Jail Suicide at Twin Towers Jail in Los Angeles, California

Posted on October 18th, 2017

Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angels, California (Photo: Labeled for reuse)

A 48-year-old inmate at Twin Towers Jail in Los Angeles, California, allegedly committed suicide by jumping from a second-level railing in November 2014. This week a $1.7 million payment to the man’s daughters was approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

The inmate was Eric Loberg, and he had been diagnosed as a schizophrenic. The complaint in the lawsuit claims that 11 days before Loberg’s death, he had been arrested rather than returned to a psychiatric facility he had escaped from. He was detained on previous charges that had not been resolved.

The family of Loberg claims that he should have been returned to the mental health facility instead of being taken to jail. A jail psychiatrist had made a judgment that Loberg was a low risk for suicide and that he was not depressed, delusional, or anxious. The psychiatrist did, however, prescribe an antipsychotic medication, risperidone. Loberg was placed under a moderate level of observation. A report at the jail showed that Loberg was only 20% compliant with regards to taking the prescription drug.

At the time of Loberg’s death, there was no policy requiring the mental health staff to be alerted if a patient refused medications.

The lawsuit against the county claimed that officials were deliberately indifferent in matters that contributed to Loberg’s jail suicide.

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A Suspect is Allegedly Shot and Killed by a Deputy in Kingwood, a Houston, Texas, Suburb

Posted on October 17th, 2017

Montgomery County, Texas, Sheriff’s Department cruiser (Photo: Labeled for reuse)

On Monday, October 16, 2017, in Kingwood, Texas, a deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department allegedly shot and killed a suspect. The incident is being investigated by the Houston Police Department. Details of what allegedly happened follow.

According to authorities, the events leading to the alleged fatal police shooting began at about 1:30 p.m. on Kingwood Drive not far from Chestnut Ridge Road. A Montgomery County deputy stopped the driver of a motorcycle at the intersection of Loop 494 and Kingwood Drive. The stop was made because the deputy ran the license plate on the bike, and it showed up as invalid. The driver of the motorcycle took off, rather than comply; and the deputy lost the motorcycle during pursuit.

Another deputy constable identified the motorcycle and began following it. Authorities say the motorcyclist got into an auto accident and then ran to a gas station nearby. He then allegedly tried to commit a carjacking. The deputy arrived at the scene of the would-be carjacking and attempted to subdue the suspect.

The deputy deployed his stun gun, but it reportedly had no effect on the man. The suspect then allegedly grabbed for his backpack and pulled out a handgun. The deputy allegedly shot the suspect several times at about 1:40 p.m. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

In the initial reporting, there was no mention of body cameras used by the officers involved. In many police stations across the U.S., body cameras are now standard equipment. This new procedure is an answer to widespread outrage over a few high-profile cases that have suggested that police engaged in misconduct of some kind. There are groups claiming that police officers are often involved in racial targeting, which is one aspect of the overall demand for more police accountability.

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A Jury Awards a Veteran $760,000 in an Alleged Police Brutality Lawsuit

Posted on October 16th, 2017

Tourist-oriented wooden structure in Kremmling

Tourist-oriented wooden structure in Kremmling (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, a jury in a Denver U.S. District Court awarded a disabled Vietnam veteran $760,000 because he was allegedly a victim of police brutality in Kremmling, Colorado. The jury found that Robert Mark Smith was ultimately punished by police for protesting prior alleged wrongdoings of the department. He allegedly became the target of police harassment and victimization, due to his frequent and enthusiastic opposition to the alleged selective enforcement of mobile home park-related laws. He was also outspoken about what he called “trumped-up accusations” that were made against him and his business, made by certain members of the community and law enforcement.

Smith alleges that on the night of March 5, 2013, his home was unconstitutionally raided with no warrant. He claims that police officers beat him brutally. He alleges that he fell to his stomach and officers punched, kicked, and stomped his back, head, and ribs.

The jury obviously agreed that Smith had been a victim of alleged police brutality. In recent years, there has been a change with regard to police because social media websites have made it possible to share videos of alleged episodes of police misconduct. More and more police departments now fit every police officer with a body camera, to further hold officers accountable and purportedly provide assurance that police are doing their jobs in the ways they were trained to do them.

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A Deputy is Restrained and Tased by Other Deputies at Bexar County Jail in San Antonio, Texas

Posted on October 14th, 2017

The Bexar County, Texas Courthouse located at ...

The Bexar County, Texas Courthouse located at 29.4232° -98.4937° in San Antonio, Texas, United States, designed in Romanesque Revival style, was built in 1829. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An incident that occurred in Bexar County Jail in San Antonio, Texas, on September 29, 2017, has led to an investigation to determine why deputies tased and restrained a Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy, a corporal. The corporal was allegedly stunned with a Taser multiple times. The entire incident came to light this week when an anonymous source contacted journalists about it. Video was obtained that shows what happened after the corporal struggled to get free. The video shows that the officer on the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) continued holding the corporal down, though his legs were shackled and he was handcuffed. It also shows that the Taser prongs were still in the corporal for several minutes after the stun gun had been deployed.

An internal document about the incident also got into the hands of reporters, and it says that the corporal was ill and a SERT officer used a Taser on him three times.

The memo also goes into how the incident started out. A Sergeant found the corporal standing and leaning against a wall. The Sergeant reportedly told investigators that he ordered a SERT officer to pull his Taser after the corporal was behaving strangely and ignoring him.

In the document, it also says that the corporal had been feeling dizzy. He was spitting up blood and propped himself against the wall. He said he didn’t have adequate time to respond to the Sergeant. He said he had been through a similar episode before and that the first time, he was taken care of by fellow officers, not forced to the floor and hit with a stun gun three times.

The corporal was eventually taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

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Man Dies in Custody of Dallas Police Department

Posted on October 13th, 2017

On or about October 11, 2017, George Dennis died after being restrained by the Dallas Police Department.  Information in this post was obtained from a custodial death report filed by the Dallas Police Department with the Texas State Attorney General’s Office.  We make no allegation in this post that anyone did anything improper, but are simply providing information.

Allegedly, at approximately 2:09 p.m. on October 11, 2017, a Dallas 911 operator received a call regarding Mr. Dennis laying on the side of a road.  Dallas Fire Rescue responded and communicated with Mr. Dennis.  Mr. Dennis agreed to go to the hospital.  Allegedly, on the way to the hospital, Mr. Dennis became combative.  Dallas Fire Rescue personnel then contacted the Dallas Police Department, who responded.  Two Dallas Police officers entered the ambulance and handcuffed Mr. Dennis.  Mr. Dennis was transported to Methodist Hospital, where he passed away.  Mr. Dennis was 46 years old, and autopsy results are pending.

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