The American Prospect reports on police abuse of citizens and examines the potential of civil law to influence police practices. The story points to trends nationwide, but focuses mostly on cases in Los Angeles. The major examples include recent successful lawsuits on behalf of people bitten by police dogs, and some controversial shootings by sheriff's deputies in Los Angeles County. There is a "baffling disconnect" between lawsuits and police internal investigations, the story reveals. The author finds that a possible solution to the problem could come from nonprofit legal groups in every city, which would take on individual police abuse cases.
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