Police Brutality in Lock-Ups

Many people defend police brutality by saying that cops have a tough job to do and sometimes catching the bad guys requires a little roughness.  But while policing is a difficult job, that does not excuse the above-the-law mentality fueling the all too frequent and unnecessary police violence we see. A lack of accountability is at the… 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

Conviction of ex-NYPD Officer Peter Liang: A Sign of Change for Police Accountability or A PR Stunt at the Expense of the “Model Minorities”?

As a native Asian-American New Yorker who has been advocating for police accountability for almost a decade, I am conflicted and have mixed feelings about the police shooting of Akai Gurley and the criminal charges filed against former NYPD Officer Peter Liang. On one hand, if I praise the jury for holding Liang accountable for… Read More

Loevy & Loevy Client Brandon Smith Wins Release of Laquan McDonald Shooting Videos

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Loevy & Loevy client Brandon Smith, an independent journalist from Chicago, recently secured a major victory under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, requiring the City of Chicago to release video recordings of Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting and killing teenager Laquan McDonald. Loevy & Loevy is proud to represent journalists and citizens in… Read More

MI Man Sues Officials Who Allegedly Set Him Up for Murder Conviction

Grand Rapids, MI – Sept. 28, 2015 – This morning attorneys for a 40-year-old Kalkaska, MI man filed suit in federal court here against the County of Kalkaska, Village of Kalkaska, and several law enforcement officers and the prosecutor involved in the deeply-flawed investigation that led to his conviction. Exonerated by DNA in 2014, Kalkaska… Read More

An Elected Police Accountability Board?

Although the media has only recently started paying more attention, police brutality is not a new phenomenon. Nor is police misconduct, excessive force, unjustified police shootings, or racial discrimination by police officers. What is new are some of the efforts to hold the police accountable for unjustified violence. Efforts to impose police accountability have included… Read More

The Futility of Reparations Without Change

Last week Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel put forth a proposal for a police torture victims’ reparations package, to provide redress for victims of police abuse under the notorious former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge.  The police misconduct led by Burge resulted in about 120 mostly African-American men being systematically tortured during interrogations in the 1970’s… Read More

The Futility of Reparations Without Change

Last week Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel put forth a proposal for a police torture victims’ reparations package, to provide redress for victims of police abuse under the notorious former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge.  The police misconduct led by Burge resulted in about 120 mostly African-American men being systematically tortured during interrogations in the 1970’s… Read More

The Futility of Reparations Without Change

Last week Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel put forth a proposal for a police torture victims’ reparations package, to provide redress for victims of police abuse under the notorious former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge.  The police misconduct led by Burge resulted in about 120 mostly African-American men being systematically tortured during interrogations in the 1970’s… Read More

The Futility of Reparations Without Change

Last week Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel put forth a proposal for a police torture victims’ reparations package, to provide redress for victims of police abuse under the notorious former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge.  The police misconduct led by Burge resulted in about 120 mostly African-American men being systematically tortured during interrogations in the 1970’s… Read More