The Amanda Bynes case notwithstanding, harassment by arresting police officers really isn’t something to joke about.
A genuine excessive force lawsuit has just been filed against the Seattle Police Department, the city and three police officers by a (then) 18-year-old named Abdellah, who says that when he was arrested, “excessive force in the field spilled over to intimidation while Abdellah was handcuffed in the holding cell, with Officer Powell first giving him the middle finger, then threatening to throw a punch.” This is after “the department decided not to press criminal charges against Officer Powell, with an expert citing a conviction was unlikely because of a botched internal investigation.”
Meanwhile, in Alaska, the city of Anchorage,
[H]as agreed to pay $60,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a man who claims Anchorage Police Department officers harassed and then assaulted him during a September 2010 altercation downtown. The city has also agreed, as part of the settlement, to provide training for all APD patrol officers in “verbal communication and de-escalation” and to certify to a federal judge the training is complete by the end of this year.
Hope that works. But here’s what’s worse. If you happen to end up in this kind of situation and need medical care, good luck. In Mississippi earlier this week, “The former wife of an inmate who died after collapsing at the Harrison County jail in 2011 has filed a lawsuit alleging he failed to receive adequate medical care, should not have been incarcerated and should have already been released.” Specifically,
And in Minnesota,
A hearing was not held to confirm he was indigent or to discuss payment arrangements or community service, the lawsuit said. The suit claims Staten was to be released May 8, 2011, the day he became ill, but the jail had scheduled his release for May 13.
The complaint accuses D'Iberville officials, Police Chief Wayne Payne and Sheriff Melvin Brisolara of conspiring to deprive people of constitutional rights to raise money for the city by jailing indigent people over unpaid fines.
The Minnesota Department of Corrections has agreed to a $400,000 settlement in a federal lawsuit over the death of a 27-year-old St. Paul man.
Xavius Scullark-Johnson suffered at least seven seizures in his prison cell through the night of June 28, 2010, and into the next morning at the Rush City prison. Nurses and correctional officers didn't provide medical care for eight hours, and a nurse turned away an ambulance, the lawsuit said. Scullark-Johnson died June 30, 2010.
"Defendants' deliberate indifference to Mr. Scullark-Johnson's serious medical needs caused his death," said the lawsuit, which named Corrections Department officers and nurses, along with Corizon Inc., a private company based in Tennessee that the state contracts with for medical services, and one of the firm's doctors.
The Corizon part of the lawsuit is ongoing.
It is the largest settlement the Corrections Department has paid in a medical-negligence lawsuit in the past eight years, according to the department. The state defendants deny liability, the settlement agreement said.
Of course, it shouldn’t be any wonder that medical care might be wanting for the U.S. prison population, with “about 5 percent of the world's population” and “nearly one-quarter of the entire world's inmates.” Medical care for the non-incarcerated is dangerous enough.