As you probably know, police misconduct trials are rare, often because the defendants are granted qualified immunity. However, those claims are claims brought against individuals. The situation in cases brought against cities or other government entities is different. In those cases, cities often pay high amounts of money to settle misconduct claims.
Over at the website FiveThirtyEight, their quantitative editor Laura Bronner recently spoke with Galen Druke about FiveThirtyEight and The Marshall Project’s investigation into the amount of money cities have spent on police misconduct settlements — in the range of $3 billion over the last decade. What’s less clear is whether the situation has improved within that time period.
You can watch the conversation by clicking on the play button below or by going here.