Excessive Force

A disciplinary review board improperly reinstated a fired Seattle police officer who punched an intoxicated, handcuffed woman in the face hard enough to cause an orbital fracture, an appeals court in Washington ruled, finding the board’s decision sends a message that violation of a clear policy is “not that serious if the officer is dealing with a difficult subject, losing patience, or passionate in believing that he or she did nothing wrong.”

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Virginia Senator Faces Uphill Battle Against Censure Over Capitol Rally

Republican Amanda Chase claims her political punishment for speaking at a Trump rally just before the deadly Capitol insurrection violated her free speech rights, but a federal judge questioned whether his court is the right place for the dispute.

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Fraternity Roast

Syracuse University adhered to its own guidelines for disciplinary proceedings against fraternity members who participated in a videotaped roast of pledges, an appeals court in New York ruled. The roast which included skits that included racist and sexist slurs and depicted “simulated sexual activity and sexual violence” directed at people imitating women and a disabled person.

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