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June 2017 Archives

Can I film police officers?

One way that police abuses such as excessive force come to light is through videotape. However, you may be wondering if you could get in legal trouble for attempting to tape an encounter with a police officer.

Tennis player James Blake settled his police brutality lawsuit

Tennis star James Blake has settled his police brutality claim against New York City. The tennis player agreed to withdraw his claim in exchange for the city creating a legal fellowship named after him. The fellowship will investigate cases of police misconduct.

Did you truly feel free to leave the police station?

One of the criteria of whether something counts as false arrest and/or false imprisonment is if the “suspect” in question felt free to leave at any time. Since false arrest has to do with unlawfully restraining someone’s freedom, something cannot be false arrest or false imprisonment if probable cause was present, or if the person was able to leave at any time and felt free to do so.

Malicious prosecution: When the law is used unlawfully

Lawyers are trained to recognize when a particular case has legal merit. Nevertheless, an individual might choose to pursue a legal action -- even though a basis did not exist -- simply out of a malicious intention to harm the person being targeted in the suit. These types of lawsuits are called malicious prosecution.

3 common types of construction injuries

Working in the construction industry carries a unique risk of injury. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, construction workers face a higher fatality rate than the national average. It is smart to be aware of the potential dangers of working on a construction site so you can avoid injuries.

Dram shop laws and drunk driving accident cases

If you were hurt by a drunk driver, you might have heard your attorney reference the term "dram shop." Dram shop laws are special laws enacted to hold sellers of alcohol legally responsible for injuries, deaths and financial damages that arise from their irresponsible sale of alcohol to highly-intoxicated customers. In addition to dram shop laws, social host liability laws exist to prevent the hosts of parties from giving their guests an irresponsible amount of alcohol, and then letting them drive home.

Statistics on racial profiling in the United States

Racial profiling by police in New York and throughout the United States is a serious problem. Statistics point to the fact that law enforcement officials frequently select who they will pull over or stop based on race, and if you are a member of certain racial or ethnic categories, you're far more likely to have an interaction with a local law enforcement officer.

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