Nov 2, 2015
Fault Lines Links – MTA Settled Racial Discrimination Lawsuit for $1.2 Million
November 2, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Welcome to Monday, your links this morning:
- The MTA settled a discrimination lawsuit brought by black and hispanic transit cops for $1.2 million. The officers alleged that they were regularly subjected to racist abuse and were consistently passed over for promotions.
- The family of unarmed Dillon Taylor, shot dead by Utah Officer Bron Cruz last August, has filed a lawsuit against the police department and Salt Lake City. Taylor was shot by Cruz when he failed to heed to orders to put his hands up and possessed appeared to be carrying a gun – which turned out to be headphones attached to a phone. Prosecutors had previously found the shooting legally justified.
- Denver jurors awarded $400,000 in damages to Philip White in a police brutality case. White, who is blind, was violently arrested for not obeying police orders.
- An autopsy report confirmed that Amonderez Green died from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face.
- The Minnesotan officer accused of assaulting autistic teen Marcus Abrams in September has been fired.
- 19 year old Damon Stidimire was found dead in a St Louis jail cell on Saturday. He was awaiting trial on a first degree murder charge. An investigation into his death is underway.
- An Associated Press investigation revealed that over 1,000 police officers in 41 states lost their license over sexual misconduct in the period 2009-2014.
- A bystander mistaken for a car thief suspect was shot and seriously wounded by Utah officer Corey Tsouras on Friday night.