Man, Wrongfully Imprisoned 21 Years Due to Police Misconduct, Sues City of Lynn and Police Officers Who Investigated the Crime

Angel Echavarria today

LYNN, MA—Released one year ago today following his exoneration for a murder that he did not commit, Angel Echavarria is now suing the City of Lynn and former Lynn Police and Massachusetts State Police officers for malicious prosecution and violations of his civil rights.  In January 1996, Angel Echavarria was wrongly convicted of the January… Read More

When the One Percent Ruins It for All

The term ‘one percent’ is frequently associated with discussions about income inequality—those in the top one percent are rich beyond measure while the 99% are struggling to make ends meet. Economic inequality is an important topic that will be heavily debated during general elections, but today I want to talk about a different one percent—the… Read More

Demonstrator Who Recorded Arrests Sues for Unlawful Seizure of Cell Phone

Denver Police Retaliated Against Demonstrator for Recording Forceful Arrests of Other Demonstrators DENVER, March 28, 2016 – A woman who attended an anti-police brutality demonstration filed a federal civil rights suit today against a Denver police district commander for violating her First Amendment freedoms by seizing her cell phone in retaliation for recording the forceful… Read More

Prosecutors and Politics

The United States is the only country in the world that lets voters decide who will be their prosecutors. For the most part, those elections are foregone conclusions. Prosecutors run for election unopposed 85% of the time. The incumbent wins the election 95% of the time. But what happens when the voters buck this system… Read More

Police Perjury — All. The. Time.

Ever heard of police officers “testilying” in court? “Testilying” is the cynical euphemism that cops use for testifying falsely in order to secure convictions against people whom they believe to be guilty. But there is obviously another word for it: police perjury. “Testilying” is rationalized as somehow justified because the cop’s goal is to make… Read More

Debate About Police Use of Spying Equipment to be Heard in Court

FOIA Suit Aims to End Secrecy About CPD Use of Controversial ‘Stringray’ Cell Phone Snooping Devices Chicago, IL – A court is scheduled to hear oral arguments at 11 AM, Monday, Nov. 23rd in Room 2502 of the Daley Center about whether the Chicago Police Department (CPD) should be forced to reveal information about its… Read More

A Culture of Police Violence

There’s been a lot of press about unwarranted police shootings and law enforcement cover-ups of police brutality, but do you ever wonder how on earth a culture developed where some police officers could believe that it is okay to treat people that way? I certainly have. And here’s what I’ve come up with: the culture… Read More