Category: Court Settlements

Arrested for Crack Cocaine That Turned Out to Be Saltines, New Jersey Man Receives $35K Settlement

Arrested for Crack Cocaine That Turned Out to Be Saltines, New Jersey Man Receives $35K Settlement

A man who was detained and frisked for video recording – then jailed for possession of crack– only for it to be crumbs from a saltine cracker in his pocket, is set to receive a $35,000 settlement from the state of New Jersey. John Cokos was stopped by Deptford Township Officer Matthew ...
Chicago Police Accused of Deleting Video and Threatening Witnesses After Teen’s “Execution”

Chicago Police Accused of Deleting Video and Threatening Witnesses After Teen’s “Execution”

After a Chicago police officer shot a 17-year-old boy 16 times, police destroyed 86 minutes of video from a nearby Burger King surveillance camera, the restaurant's manager said. And they have yet to release dashcam footage of the shooting, even though it was damaging enough to prompt ...
Boston Police Still “Investigating” Cop Six Years After Video Exonerated Man He Attacked

Boston Police Still “Investigating” Cop Six Years After Video Exonerated Man He Attacked

A local TV station in Boston has discovered yet another case of police lies being refuted by video evidence. In 2009, Jacob Carnelli was charged with assaulting Boston police officer Adarbaad Karani at a bar, but the charge was dismissed after a surveillance video from the bar showed ...
South Carolina Police Refuse to Release Dashcam Video of Cop Shooting Unarmed Man

South Carolina Police Refuse to Release Dashcam Video of Cop Shooting Unarmed Man

South Carolina police find themselves in the midst of controversy once again, this time for a dashcam video of a cop killing a man so 'horrible and offensive,' state officials have refused to release the footage. On April 7, the same day North Charleston Officer Michael Slager was arr ...
Man Receives $650,000 Settlement Less Than Two Weeks After Beating by Southern California Deputies Caught on Video

Man Receives $650,000 Settlement Less Than Two Weeks After Beating by Southern California Deputies Caught on Video

Less than two weeks after a video went viral, showing several Southern California deputies beating, punching and kicking a man as a news copter recorded it all from above, San Bernardino County agreed to a $650,000 settlement. It was a speedy settlement for what may appear to be a who ...
Dash Cam Video Contradicting Chicago Police in Teen Death Leads to FBI Investigation, $5 Million Settlement

Dash Cam Video Contradicting Chicago Police in Teen Death Leads to FBI Investigation, $5 Million Settlement

Chicago police first claimed a teenager lunged at them with a knife, which is why one officer shot him 16 times last October. They also claimed Laquan McDonald had a "100 yard stare," which made them fear for their lives. But then witnesses started coming forward, stating that the ...
Florida Man Flips Cops Off and Gets Pulled Over by Camouflaged Cops in Armored Car (Updated)

Florida Man Flips Cops Off and Gets Pulled Over by Camouflaged Cops in Armored Car (Updated)

Update: We interviewed Lucas Jewell about this incident on PINAC Live! A 23-year-old Florida man who ran for city commissioner last month was pulled over by camouflaged deputies in an armored car after he had flipped them off with his middle finger Saturday. Lucas Jewell said he wa ...
Journalists Sue Over Ferguson Arrests as Maine Couple Win $60,000 Settlement from Unlawful Arrest

Journalists Sue Over Ferguson Arrests as Maine Couple Win $60,000 Settlement from Unlawful Arrest

In this era more than ever, people are taking action to protect their Constitutional right to monitor police behavior by holding officers accountable through the court of law. On Monday, four journalists brought a lawsuit against St. Louis County police to federal court on grounds that ...
Florida Bar Accuses PINAC Reporter of Running “Public Records Shakedown”

Florida Bar Accuses PINAC Reporter of Running “Public Records Shakedown”

In defiance of basic journalistic courtesy, The Florida Bar News recently ran an article slamming PINAC reporter Jeffrey Gray as a thuggish con artist without so much as a phone call to get his side of the story. “I was surprised and disappointed. I really wish they would have called ...
Florida Man Arrested for Recording Cops Wins Settlement (Updated)

Florida Man Arrested for Recording Cops Wins Settlement (Updated)

A Florida man who was arrested last year for video recording Orlando police making an arrest received a $15,000 settlement this month. His lawyers, however, might end up making three times that much for working his case. And the cop who arrested him, seizing his phone as "evidence" ...