Police Don’t Pay

Joanna C Schwartz, Police Indemnification, 89 N.Y.U. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2014) … Professor Schwartz’s data yield a stark finding: police officers are virtually always indemnified. Officers contributed to judgments in just 0.44% of the 8600 civil rights settlements and judgments to plaintiffs, and their contributions amounted to a mere 0.02% of the $760 million that states, cities, and counties paid out in these cases. And even in cases involving punitive damages — where the officers’ conduct was presumably most egregious — officers paid only 0.005% of the $3.8 million in punitive damages judgments entered against them …” (more)

[Nancy Leong, JOTWELL, 7 November]

First posted 2013-11-08 07:37:07

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