A California appeals court ruled that a sheriff's deputy who shot at a suspect 18 times before stomping on his head can be sued for using excessive deadly force. The judges said the suspect didn't appear to be a threat once he had hit the ground.
A federal judge has ruled that Black Lives Matter is a social movement rather than an entity and therefore cannot be sued, dismissing the complaint against the group and one of its activists by a Louisiana police officer.
On August 9, 2014, unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The killing sparked nationwide protests against police brutality, but justice has only come in the form of a monetary settlement.
A protester who claims police officers violated his constitutional rights during a protest in Ferguson, following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, has won the right to have his claims revived. Other claims against officials were also restored.
A white former police officer in Texas has been formally indicted on murder charges over the killing of a black teen who was leaving a party. The case is certain to reignite debate on race relations and controversial police tactics in the US.
Three Chicago, Illinois police officers charged with conspiracy to cover up their colleague’s 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan Mcdonald have pleaded not guilty, while the judge assigned to hear the case recused herself without explanation.