Chief’s Counsel: Reducing Sexual Harassment and Other Police Sexual Misconduct

Recent sexual harassment claims that have received enhanced media coverage and triggered the downfalls of Hollywood moguls, an Olympic team physician, and high-ranking politicians, among others, should serve as a reminder to law enforcement executives and supervisors to be ever vigilant against sexual harassment and other forms of police sexual misconduct within their own organizations. … Continue reading Chief’s Counsel: Reducing Sexual Harassment and Other Police Sexual Misconduct

Read More
Chief's Counsel
Share
Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court, in District of Columbia v. Wesby, overturned a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and held that the officers had probable cause t...
Chief's Counsel
Share
Officer Verdugo had just marked his second year on the job when he fatally shot a man charging at him with a kitchen knife. A few days after the shooting, while the encounter was still raw in Officer ...
Chief's Counsel
Share
A frequent federal civil rights claim made against police officers is for deliberate indifference to the serious medical needs of someone in custody. Usually, the person involved in these claims has ...
Chief's Counsel
Share
The recording of police activity by members of the public is now such a commonplace occurrence that officers should assume that they are being recorded at all times while on duty. The recording of pol...
Chief's Counsel
Share
Police officers encounter many challenges during a patrol shift, and bystanders recording police activity with their ever-accessible smartphone cameras is one of those challenges. There are times when...
Chief's Counsel
Share
Whether in reality or simply by the eye test, peace officer duty–related health issues such as injury and disability claims seem to be an increasingly significant area of liability for police depart...
Chief's Counsel
Share
As U.S. Supreme Court Justice Alito noted in Birchfield v. North Dakota, “[d]runk drivers take a grisly toll on the Nation’s roads, claiming thousands of lives, injuring many more victims, and inf...
Chief's Counsel
Share
In a recent case, County of Los Angeles v. Mendez, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the “provocation rule” developed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1994. The provocation rule provided ...
Chief's Counsel
Share
Just over two years ago, in 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in City & County of San Francisco, California v. Sheehan portended a potential shift in the court’s view on police use of fo...
Chief's Counsel
Share
In 1967, a U.S. Supreme Court decision in Garrity v. New Jersey established that requiring public employees to make potential self-incriminating statements under the threat of job termination constitu...