Excessive Force

Quoting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words, “the time is always right to do right,” a New York State Supreme Court in Erie County vacated the firing of former police officer Cariol Horne who was terminated after she attempted to stop another officer from using excessive force during an arrest in 2006. In September 2020, the Buffalo Common Council adopted “Cariol’s Law,” which creates a duty to intervene for officers who observer excessive force.

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Police Firing

An appeals court in Ohio ruled against the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association in its suit challenging the firing of former police officer Timothy Loehmann, who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Loehmann wasn’t fired for the deadly 2014 shooting but was fired two-and-a-half years later for lying on his application to become a Cleveland police officer.

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Fired for Facebook Posts

A former American Airlines employee was fired for her posts on social media, and not for any discriminatory reason, a federal court in Pennsylvania ruled. The woman was fired after her “inflammatory and racially insensitive” Facebook posts — including one that suggested ancestors of slaves should be thankful that they were “brought over here” — went viral. 

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Legal Secretary

A federal court in Texas recommended against dismissal of a lawsuit brought against a Texas Court of Criminal Appeals judge by a former legal secretary who claims she was fired because the judge disagreed with political views she posted on Facebook. While Judge Kevin Patrick Yeary claims qualified immunity, the court cannot reach that conclusion based on the facts in the complaint. 

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