Jury Awards $1.5 Million to Family of Black Man Fatally Shot by Detroit Police Officers

Posted on April 24th, 2024 by Elizabeth

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Nearly six years ago, Lamont Johnson was fatally shot on the 14000 block of Tireman on Detroit’s west side. The shooters? Two Detroit police officers – Tyler Nagy and Raul Martinez. Now, the family of Johnson, a Black man from Detroit, has been awarded $1.5 million in a jury trial which found that the officers […]

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State Attorney General Will Review Cochran Asphyxiation Case

Posted on June 17th, 2020 by Elizabeth

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The Michigan Attorney General’s Office has officially been asked to review the details surrounding a Ferndale man who died during a 2014 altercation with Northland Shopping Mall security guards. McKenzie Cochran’s case came to light again in the wake of George Floyd’s death and amid the protests against racism and police brutality. Now, the Oakland […]

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Police Brutality: 2014 Northland Mall Death in the Spotlight After George Floyd’s Death

Posted on June 12th, 2020 by Elizabeth

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In the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd, it should come as no surprise that some questionable cases between civilians and police are being revisited. Recent news has reported that the Michigan Attorney General’s Office may receive a request to review an incident from 2014 in which a man from Ferndale died during […]

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Violation of Police Use of Force Policies

Posted on May 14th, 2019 by Gerald Thurswell

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Although police officers are confronted with potentially dangerous situations on a daily basis, they are tasked with treating all members of the general public with the dignity and respect they deserve. Police officers must also ensure that they do not use more force than what is reasonably necessary under the circumstances. Using more force than […]

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Can Michigan Civilian Officers Be Guilty of Policy Brutality?

Posted on October 31st, 2018 by Elizabeth

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The civilians enlisted by Michigan’s police departments to patrol streets and communities have badges, uniforms, and guns. These armed civilians are also, terrifyingly, unregulated. Though reserve officers work alongside real police officers and sometimes assist in arrests, there are no state-established training requirements, according to a Detroit Free Press investigation. That means no screening the […]

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