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Police misconduct cases have been becoming more attractive to attorneys in light of recent events across the country that have highlighted officers’ conduct, most notably against African Americans. The Wall Street Journal reported $248 million in settlement amounts paid in 2014 by cities and municipalities in police misconduct cases, a 48% increase from 2010. The most recent high profile decision was the case of Eric Garner, an African American male who died after he was put in a chokehold by New York City police while an onlooker caught the incident on camera. Eric Garner’s family received $5.9 million from New York City, the biggest settlement New York City has ever paid for a wrongful death claim.
With many more notable incidents involving police brutality in recent years, more cases are expected to move forward—and most likely see similar results. A case to follow in the coming months is that of Walter Scott, an African American male fatally shot by a police officer in South Carolina. Stewart, Seay & Felton, an Atlanta-based firm, is running lead on the case, as well as other notable police misconduct cases.
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