Posted: Mar 14, 2014 10:21 AM CST Updated: Mar 14, 2014 12:09 PM CST
By Mike Nelson PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -
A disabled veteran who says officers shocked him with a stun gun at the Disabled American Veterans Office in Portland is suing the federal government and the officers involved in the incident.
William Bayes, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, came to the DAV office for an appointment in December 2012 using a cane and wearing a brace on each knee. The lawsuit claims as Bayes was going through a security checkpoint, an officer reached into Bayes’ pocket and removed a pocketknife. The officer told Bayes to remove the weapon from the office.
Bayes says he exited the office with the two small pocketknives he was carrying, left them in his truck, and then returned to the security checkpoint. As he began placing his personal items in the plastic tub to go through the security scanner, he says he lifted his shirt to remove a mini-flashlight and an empty knife sheath on his belt.
Disabled vet filing lawsuit after being shocked with stun gun
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A Skokie police officer, also a marine who was awarded the Purple Heart during a tour in Iraq, filed a federal lawsuit March 12 against the village and police department, alleging they retaliated against him when he complained about the department’s military leave policy.
In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, officer Baldo Bello said he was forced to use his days off so he could fulfill his duties as a Marine reservist, which would be a violation of the Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, among others.
A staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, Bello is required to attend trainings at least once a month as well as an annual two-week training exercise with his military unit.
Skokie police officer sues village, alleges discrimination
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter February 25, 2014 8:05PM
Even in death, Gary Engel’s words could come back to haunt his family.
In secretly recorded videos played to a jury in federal court last week, the former Willow Springs cop presented himself as a sadistic and experienced killer, even joking how he’d slice a victim’s genitals like a “banana split.”
The recordings were part of the prosecution’s high-profile case against Engel’s partner-in-crime, Steven Mandell.
Ex-cop’s words in torture-chamber recording could undermine family’s lawsuit
March 14, 2014|By Clifford Ward | Special to the Tribune
Two aides at a St. Charles nursing home have been charged for allegedly taking video of themselves striking one of the residents, an elderly woman with dementia, Kane County officials said.
Chemyra Barnett, 18, and Jacqueline Santos, 18, both of South Elgin, appeared in court today, where bond of $15,000 each was set, according to authorities.
Each is charged with one count of aggravated battery of a person older than 60, a class 3 felony, and one count of illegal videotaping, according to St. Charles police.
The recent release of 911 call audio could help a Chicago couple make their case in a lawsuit alleging police misconduct.
Heather Rzany and her boyfriend Luis Cordero, Jr. say they were accosted by Chicago Police Officer Chris Gofron on June 26, 2010 while Gofron was off duty and intoxicated, WGN reports.
The couple says Gofron attacked them, grabbing Rzany by her neck and sticking a gun in her mouth, hitting Cordero with his weapon and leaving both bloodied, according to photos allegedly taken after the incident.
Heather Rzany, Luis Cordero Jr. Sue Chicago Police, Alleging Drunk Off-Duty Cop Attacked Them (VIDEO)
By Chris Welch on March 14, 2014 11:54 am
In the wake of tragedy, Uber today announced policy changes that will expand insurance coverage for its drivers in the event they’re involved in an accident. Uber will now cover drivers so long as they’re logged into the company’s smartphone app and available to accept a ride — even if there’s no passenger in the car when an accident occurs. This liability coverage kicks in only if a driver’s personal insurance fails to cover an incident and provides up to $100,000 in bodily injury coverage and $25,000 in property damage.
“Uber is taking this step to eliminate any ambiguity while the insurance industry and state governments update policies and regulations for the new world of ridesharing transportation,” the company wrote in a blog post. “We are proud to be the standard bearer on this issue as we believe that this clarity is in the public’s best interest.” But the change also follows Uber‘s darkest hour; on New Year’s Eve, one of the company’s UberX drivers struck and killed a six-year-old girl in San Francisco.
After lawsuit over young girl’s death, Uber expands driver insurance coverage
Miley Cyrus’ tongue endured a lot of backlash in the past year, but nothing quite so damaging as a lawsuit — until now. Charles Nicholas Sarris, who was hired to help construct the giant tongue slide upon which Cyrus enters during her Bangerz Tour, filed suit against Los Angeles-based equipment supply company ShowFx Inc. after an on-the-job injury, TMZ reports.
Sarris reportedly fell and hurt himself after the equipment used to construct the tongue gave out. He’s seeking unspecified damages, claiming ShowFx failed to provide proper warnings.
Miley Cyrus’ Giant Tongue Slide Leads To Lawsuit From Injured Construction Worker
Updated: Thu 8:29 PM, Mar 13, 2014 By: Law Office of James Cook Email
Tallahassee, FL – A retired attorney is suing Tallahassee Police in federal court for invading his home, screaming orders at him and hand cuffing him, on December 3, 2011. Larry Pelham presented a formal claim to the City last June but the City has not replied. The lawsuit will be filed later today in the Federal District Court in Tallahassee.
On Saturday, December 3, 2011, about 10 p.m., Pelham was working upstairs at his computer at his townhouse at 564 Teal Lane, when he heard footsteps on the stairs. As he turned, the door opened and Pelham was confronted by three police officers pointing firearms. One officer was in a shooter’s crouch. Another officer screamed for Pelham to “Stand up. Turn around, hands over your head.” When Pelham tried to ask what was going on, the officer told him to “shut up.” An officer cuffed the 66-year-old man’s hands behind his back.
Pelham remained handcuffed while one of the officers questioned him. While he was being questioned, the other officers searched the house. Eventually, the handcuffs were removed. During the interrogation, Pelham told the officer he was working on a book when they entered his home. As they were leaving, the officer told Pelham, “Now you have something else to write about.” No one apologized to Pelham.
Retired Attorney Files Lawsuit For Invasion By Tallahassee Police Department
NEW YORK — McDonald’s workers in three states filed lawsuits against the fast-food chain this week, saying the company engages in a variety of practices to avoid paying them what they’re owed.
The suits in California, Michigan and New York against McDonald’s Corp. and its franchisees come amid growing attention on the country’s widening wealth gap and pay practices in low-wage sectors. While the labor violations outlined in the suit aren’t specific to McDonald’s, lawyers said they targeted the company because it’s an industry leader.
Taken together, the suits seeking class action status could affect roughly 30,000 workers, lawyers said in a conference call arranged by organizers of the recent fast-food protests. The suits seek back pay and other damages.
McDonald’s stole wages, workers’ lawsuits say
By Radley Balko March 12 at 2:05 pm
In December 2011, Collinsville, Ill., police officer Michael Reichert pulled over Terrance Huff’s red PT Cruiser on Interstate 70, just outside of St. Louis. That portion of the interstate is commonly known to local defense lawyers as a “forfeiture corridor,” or a place where police agencies target motorists they suspect are smuggling (or perhaps just carrying) drugs in the hope of seizing cash, cars and other property for their departments.
After an alert from Reichert’s drug dog and an exhaustive search of Huff’s car, Reichert found no measurable quantity of drugs (he claimed to have found marijuana “shake”), and sent Huff on his way.
Unfortunately for Reichert, Huff is a documentary filmmaker. He’s also nobody’s pushover. After fighting some resistance from the Collinsville Police Department, Huff obtained dash-camera footage that raised some questions about the stop, the dog alert, Reichert’s questioning of Huff, and Reichert’s history of disciplinary problems as a police officer. It also raised some broader questions about how all of these tactics are used across the country. (I explored some of those questions here.) The incident later inspired a plot line in a 2012 episode of the CBS drama “The Good Wife.”