Officer’s Assaults

A federal court in Alabama ruled in favor of a woman who brought assault and false arrest claims against a former police officer who had sex with her at least 15 times when she was between 14 and 17 years old, while he was on duty. After their “relationships” ended the officer allegedly sprayed her in the face with pepper spray and arrested her for minor-in-possession after pouring beer in her car. The officer has made no attempt to defend himself against the claims. 

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Immigrant’s Arrest

A federal court in New York ruled that a Mexican immigrant may pursue his false arrest and Equal Protection claims against police officers who arrested him during a traffic stop. The immigrant was a passenger in the stopped vehicle, and at the time of the arrest, none of the officers had any evidence of the plaintiff’s immigration status, they only knew that he primarily spoke Spanish and “appeared Hispanic.”

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Beaten Over a Tomato

A man who was arrested and beaten by an off-duty police officer after a Walmart store’s loss prevention officer believed she saw him shoplifting a tomato may pursue his false imprisonment claim against the store, a Georgia appeals court ruled. The man had paid for his groceries, including the tomato, but believed he had been overcharged for the tomato and had gone back to the produce department to weigh it.

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Blind Trombonist

Eryk Radical, a blind trombonist and music student at Georgia State University, sued the Atlanta Police Department and Fulton County Sheriff’s Office in federal court, claiming they illegally harassed, arrested and imprisoned him for playing his trombone in public, which is “explicitly allowed … under local municipal and county codes.”

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Workers Snared in Tennessee Raid Sue ICE Agents

Seven slaughterhouse workers who were caught up in a workplace immigration raid in Tennessee last year filed a class action Thursday against the federal agents who carried it out, claiming they were racially profiled and arrested using a warrant that only authorized a search for documents.

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