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The federal judge overseeing an excessive force case that resulted in last week's $100 million jury verdict against the city of Atlanta and one of its police officers has publicly reprimanded the city's attorneys for withholding key evidence from the plaintiff's lawyers, according to a court filing on Tuesday.



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The article doesn't mention it, but unless the cop's qualified immunity is revoked the people the cops brutalize are going to have to pick up the tab for this.

How is this sustainable?

#1 | Posted by tres_flechas at 2022-09-03 12:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

QI or not, the people are going to have to pick up the tab anyway. 60% of the judgement was against the Atlanta police. I'm guessing before it is all settled the judgement will be greatly reduced.
I wonder if Blasingame has a separate lawsuit against the suit to challenge the constitutionality of their panhandling law. It seems to be a pretty clear violation of multiple aspects of the 1A.

#2 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2022-09-03 02:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Tangentially related...

'Was He Not Worthy of Humanity?': Community Rallies Around Man Paralyzed in Police Custody

...More than a week ago, New Haven Police said Randy Cox was in the back of a police van when it stopped suddenly to avoid an accident, and he was left paralyzed. ...

The family of a man seriously injured after a ride in a police van is demanding justice. People packed a town hall Tuesday night to call on New Haven to do better.

City leaders say they're going to do everything possible to make sure it happens.

Residents, elected officials and several organizations, including the NAACP, came out to show support for the Cox family and to express their outrage at a gathering inside the Stetson Library in New Haven.

"At any point in time if someone is saying, Help. I think my neck is broken. I can't move.' How many times do they need to say it?" asked Richard Cox's sister, LaToya Boomer.

Richard Cox, nicknamed Randy, remains in the hospital, according to family....

Video released by officials show Cox dragged by officers at the detention center while waiting for paramedics to arrive. Since then, city leaders said the five officers involved have been placed on leave and state police are investigating....

"You could see his head bobbing around. They're throwing him around, dragging him around," Boomer said.

"Was he not worthy of humanity?" Crump asked....

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-03 08:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

United States District Judge Steve C. Jones said last week in open court in Atlanta that the city's attorneys violated discovery rules by failing to provide Blasingame's legal team with documents showing that Officer Jon Grubbs had been disciplined for having his body camera in the wrong recording mode during the encounter.

The attorneys should be fired and should also face disciplinary proceedings from the Georgia Bar.

#4 | Posted by JOE at 2022-09-03 08:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#4 ... Officer Jon Grubbs had been disciplined for having his body camera in the wrong recording mode during the encounter. ...

Was that intentional?

Baltimore Police Caught Planting Drugs In Body-Cam Footage, Public Defender Says (2017)

...A Baltimore man was held in jail for months after police found a stash of drugs " but the officer who found the drugs also seems to be the one who hid them in that spot, according to footage from his body camera. The public defender's office says the man is now free and it is questioning the officer's involvement in 53 active cases....

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-03 09:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


Hit their pension fund and/or have them liquidate assets.

Whatever it takes.

I bet stories like this would disappear after the first case that came down that way.

#6 | Posted by tres_flechas at 2022-09-04 12:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Atlanta isn't de-funding the police; the police is defunding Atlanta! Just wait until the next municipal insurance quote comes in!

#7 | Posted by john47 at 2022-09-05 12:29 AM | Reply

Take their pensions. Why on earth should the US taxpayer bail out fascist racist cops for their brutality?

#8 | Posted by Wildman62 at 2022-09-05 12:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Paid suspensions, no less. It must be really, really comforting, as a cop, to KNOW no matter what you do to citizens you cannot be fired or sued.

#9 | Posted by john47 at 2022-09-05 03:23 PM | Reply

Paid suspensions, no less.


A real fun thing to do is to call a department where a cop or several cops get killed and ask them if they caught the people who killed them and put them on paid administrative leave.

The last time I did this the operator said "well,,, no,,,, they don't work here...."

#10 | Posted by tres_flechas at 2022-09-05 08:50 PM | Reply

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