Suing the Police and Defending Bogus Criminal Cases Since 1984

What To Do If You Have Been Beaten-Up or Falsely Arrested By The Police

by Jerry L. Steering

“A trial is an exercise in placing blame”. When the police use unreasonable force on civilians or otherwise violate their constitutional rights they almost always arrest them for some “resistance offense”; crimes that are so vague that almost any conduct by one can be twisted into the innocent of having somehow “resisted” or “delayed” or “obstructed” a police officer. In other words, . . . .

Contempt of Cop / Resisting Arrest Cases

by Jerry L. Steering

You don’t have to be a gangster to get arrested for a “Resistance Offense” in America. Plenty of non-criminal good citizens are confronted by police these days, on little or no evidence to suspect them of criminal activity. Sometimes they think that you are someone who you are not or are just at the wrong place and time. So, when an innocent civilian gets accosted by a police officer and told to prone themselves . . . .

Cal. Penal Code Section 69; The Hammer Of Oppression

by Jerry L. Steering

Arrests and prosecutions for violations of Cal. Penal Code § 69 (resisting / dissuading pubic officer by threatening or using violence) is the latest tool in the government's defensive arsenal to prevent you from obtaining justice and redress for government outrages perpetrated against you. Section 69 is the resistance offense de jour. . . .

Cal. Penal Code Section 148(a)(1) – The Boot Of The Police State

by Jerry L. Steering

“A trial is an exercise in placing blame”. Nowhere is that concept more acute than in criminal and civil actions that involve issues of whether the police violated your constitutional rights. After all, whether you’re being criminally prosecuted for some “resistance offense”, or you’re suing the police in court, Modern Police Officers often falsely arrest and maliciously procure the false prosecution of the very victims . . . .

Can You Sue The Police For Malicious Criminal Prosecutions?

by Jerry L. Steering

Malicious criminal prosecutions of the victims of police beatings and false “Contempt of Cop” arrests are rampant. When the police beat you and falsely arrest you, they attempt to procure your bogus criminal prosecution to shift the blame from them to you, and to preclude you from being able to sue them. Under California state law a police officer is absolutely immune for attempting to frame you for a crime. Cal. Gov't Code § 821.6. The question of whether one can sue . . . .

The D.A. Can Do No Wrong; Prosecutorial Immunity And The Police State

by Jerry L. Steering

The Police State Isn’t Just The Police. It’s The body politic. It’s those of us who get to sit on juries, and either condone or disapprove police actions. It’s the Judges and Justices who make the law (and don’t think for one second that it’s not all made up by the Courts). It’s Congress and state legislatures. It’s the media. It’s the politicians. It’s Hollywood. It’s any way and any form of shaping our belief system, to accept, as not only common or normal, but even as reasonable, what . . . .

So What’s The Big Deal With The Ninth Amendment?

by Jerry L. Steering

The Ninth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” The Ninth Amendment explicitly commands that unenumerated rights are not to be denied or disparaged by virtue of their lack of textual location in the federal Constitution. The concept of disparagement is grounded in equal treatment or parity between the items . . . .

Why Grand Juries Don't Indict Police Officers

by Jerry L. Steering

Almost always when a County District Attorney presents a criminal case to a Grand Jury involving unlawful duty related activities by a peace officer, the District Attorney is making the case go away. The District Attorney has no desire to prosecute police officers, and if they do file a criminal case it is usually one against the civilian victim of the police outrages; something thousands of times more common that the violating police officer being criminally prosecuted . . . .

The “Contempt of Cop Game”; How Well Can You Play?

by Jerry L. Steering

The “Contempt of Cop Game” is one of those type of games, where one side, the police and prosecutor, know the game, its rules and how to play, and the other side, you, have no clue how to play. Hopefully, an experienced police misconduct lawyer can play your hand; successfully. For example, if the police arrested you for robbing a liquor store and they wanted to obtain a custodial statement from you . . . .

Why The Police Are Not Our Friends Anymore

by Jerry L. Steering

In years gone by, we, as a society, had a whole lot more respect for each other. People were simply more polite and respectful toward each other. So were the police. They didn’t dress like they were dressed for combat The police officers that we grew up with walked a beat, carried .38 caliber revolver and wasn't trained to kill you if you posed any potential danger to them. This all changed with the "Wars on Drugs", the SWAT TV show of the . . . .

Federal Civil Rights Lawsuits

by Jerry L. Steering

42 U.S.C. § 1983 is the statute that we use to sue state and local officials, like police officers, for violating our federal constitutional rights. Section 1983 is not itself a source of substantive Constitutional rights, but merely provides a method for vindicating federal rights conferred in the federal Constitution itself. In other words, Section 1983 is a federal statute that doesn’t define any Constitutional . . . .

How The Exclusionary Rule Backfired And Crushed Americans’ Constitutional Rights

by Jerry L. Steering

In a very real sense, there is no such thing as “the law.” There is no real live “formula” or precise wording of statutes or ballot propositions, that the voters or the legislature, either do, or could, be made to do justice in any given situation. Things change, and the drafters of the statutes and ballot propositions aren’t all knowing and can’t envision every possible situation that their “law” would . . . .

Dirty Harry And The Criminal Procedure Counter-Revolution

by Jerry L. Steering

People who believe the Courts are a bunch of “liberal judges” who let the criminals go free for the slightest technicality, have no concept of reality. They are watching too much TV. In fact, most people don’t have a clue as to what Constitutional rights they either have, or used to have . . . .

Why The Cops Get Away With It; The Jury System

by Jerry L. Steering

To attack the jury system is to attack an institution that has been the primary barrier between oppression and freedom in the English speaking world since 1215 (the issuance of the Magna Carta.) This is not an attack on the jury system. It is merely a reflection as to why in false arrest, unreasonable force and malicious prosecution cases, the way that a jury decides these type of cases is as much of a political decision as it is a factual one. Juries usually will vote in favor of the police based on their belief systems about the police; that police officers don't do bad things to people who don't deserve it . . . .

Why American’s Civil Rights Are Going, Going, Gone

by Jerry L. Steering

Although the wording of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution only permits searches and seizures of persons, places and things "but upon probable cause", over the past 35 years or so, "Officer's Safety" has replaced that requirement of "probable cause" or even "reasonable suspicion" to believe that the person seized has committed a crime in now permitting such warrantless searches and seizures. Appellate court decisions in criminal case evidence suppression motions has also chopped-away at the tree of liberty. . . .

Why The Police Don't Want Their Conduct Recorded

by Jerry L. Steering

If you ask any Risk Management Officer with a public entity about the their police agency even being equipped with Patrol Video Recording Systems, they will tell you (off the record) that they are vehemently opposed to any such recording. Although when some police officer does something terrible to a civilian, the politicians call for “transparency”, Risk Management people with the public agency know that the numbers of false claims against police officers will be greatly exceeded by the number of police outrages against the public that does get recorded. . . .

The Modern Police State: “Officer’s Safety” Replaces “Probable Cause”

by Jerry L. Steering

Police officers usually don’t go “hands on” any more unless the person is handcuffed, or there are multiple officers to beat the person, “in concert”. These days they usually don’t even use their batons. They either tase you or just shoot you. There are no real world consequences for police officers to even murder an innocent; that is so long as no one is lurking in the shadows with a cell phone who video recorded the murder in sufficient detail to not allow the police to make up some phony justification as to why the officer properly shot another. . . .

Do I Have A Right To Record The Police?

by Jerry L. Steering

In a nutshell, all of the United States Courts of Appeals that have decided that issue have held that you have a First Amendment right to audio or video record the police. Those federal Circuit Courts of Appeals that have not actually decided that issue, whether there is a First Amendment right to record the police, had awarded the police "qualified immunity" from federal claims against them in civil rights cases. None of the federal Circuit Courts of Appeals have held that there is no such First Amendment right. Even the United States Department of Justice has officially taken the position that you have a First Amendment right to record the police....

Is It A Crime To Refuse To Identify Yourself to a Police Officer in California?

by Jerry L. Steering

Contrary to what most California police officers might believe or tell you when they are putting the handcuffs on you, it is not a crime in California to refuse to identify yourself to a police officer, save a lawful traffic stop or when you are being booked at a jail. The confusion emanates from a Supreme Court case out of Nevada named Hibbel v. Six Judicial District, in which the Supreme Court held that under Nevada law if the police have legal grounds to detain you that they can arrest you for failing to identify yourself to them. . . .

Our Police Misconduct Cases in the News

Jerry L. Steering obtains $450,000 from Riverside County for False Arrest of bystander by Deputies

Riverside County pays $450,000 to settle lawsuit by bystander who claims he was beaten by deputies Danny Eatherton of Nuevo ...

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Newport Beach Falsely Arresting Woman Over a $16 Cab Ride. Jerry L. Steering Obtains $360,000 for Victim.

Newport Beach pays $360,000 settlement over a $16 cab ride that went awry Woman collects money for wrongful arrest after ...

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Anaheim Police Terminate Fleering Motorist

Anaheim Pays $2,900,000 for Police Shooting of Motorist During Wild Wild West Vehicle Pursuit

Jerry Steering Obtains $2,900,000.00 for Anaheim Police Shooting in Wild Wild West Pursuit & Execution of Anaheim Man

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Norma Cortez recovered $300,000.00 from the City of Anaheim

  Investigators gather evidence at the scene of a gun battle on the 91 freeway between Brookhurst and Euclid, in ...

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Orange County Pays $727,500.00 To Settle Civil Rights Lawsuit

Orange County Pays $727,500.00 to Settle Civil Rights Lawsuit         To Save Nancy Butano, Who Didn’t Call ...

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Man stunned by deputies in his bedroom gets $380,000

Man stunned by deputies in his bedroom gets $380,000.00 Skip Torrance recently settled a lawsuit with the county and Laguna ...

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Retired cop awarded $220,000.00 against San Diego County for false arrest for gun possession

      Retired cop sues deputies over gun arrest March 1, 2016   Kristina Davis A retired California Highway Patrol ...

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Sharp v. County of Orange; police may no longer detain innocents during arrests of others

Merritt L. Sharp III has a strained relationship with police, which keep detaining him either at gun point ...

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Jovan Jimenez getting beaten in a hotel hallway

San Diego County settles sheriff’s deputy beating lawsuit for $500,000.00

A Riverside man who was choked and beaten with a police flashlight obtained a $500,000 settlement from San Diego County ...

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Police Misconduct Attorney

The most common reason for the police to beat you, falsely arrest you and procure your malicious criminal prosecution for a “Resistance Offense”, is when you “Fail the Attitude Test”; when you commit “Contempt of Cop”. “Contempt of Cop” is simply a civilian verbally questioning, challenging or protesting police actions. Don't let the police shift the blame from them to you for the police use of force upon you. Mr. Steering is an expert & specialist in defending bogus criminal “Contempt of Cop” (i.e. resisting arrest, battery on peace officer) cases, and in suing police officers for “Contempt of Cop” / "Bruised Ego" constitutional violations such as:

  • Excessive Force / Police Brutality
  • False Arrest (Cal. Penal Code §§ 69, 148(a)(1), 243(b))
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • First Amendment Whistle Blower Violations

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Police Lawsuit Awards & Settlements

  • Penaloza v. City of Anaheim, U.S. District Court (Orange County); $2,900,000.00 settlement for excessive force
  • Gomez v. County of Orange, et al., U.S. Dist. Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles), $2,163,799.53, settlement for unreasonable force [wrongful death] of convicted jail inmate
  • Moore, et al. v. City of Desert Hot Springs, Riverside County Superior Court, $825,000.00 (trial settlement) for excessive force and false arrest;.
  • Butano v. County of Orange; U.S. District Court (L.A.); $727,500.00 final settlement for false arrest and unreasonable force;.
  • Jimenez v. County of San Diego, U.S. District Court (San Diego); $500,000.00 settlement for excessive force.
  • Montano v. USA; U.S. District Court (L.A.) 2015; $500,000.00 for wrongful death of dialysis patient.

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Police Misconduct litigation is very complicated. The law in this area is complex, confusing and takes many years of litigation and appellate experience to ferret out which cases are likely to prevail in court, and which ones probably will not. The law is not what the average citizen might expect, and new and expanded immunities for police officers and other government officials are growing exponentially.

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