Police Abuse

Police Departments Nationwide Pay Million Dollar-Plus Misconduct Settlements

But does it change their behavior?


When police abuse their authority everyone loses. Victims may get hurt or even lose their life, police damage their credibility and taxpayers end up shouldering huge payouts to victims and their families.

Last week, the Los Angeles Police Department settled a lawsuit brought against it by two women officers mistakenly shot at during the Dorner manhunt in February. The settlement will cost the city $4.2 million and attorneys called it "a bargain."

Here's a list of recent settlements paid out to victims of police misconduct.