//
you're reading...
Politics, Congress, Investigation, Republicans, FBI, internet, health, Economy, Education, Wikipedia, local news, Press Release, Justice Department, Democrats, meta, Fraud, National News, Environment

PRESS RELEASE: Justice Department Announces Franklin County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Office Has Fully Implemented Agreement Regarding Use of Tasers

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Justice Department Announces Franklin County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Office Has Fully Implemented Agreement Regarding Use of Tasers

The Justice Department announced today that it has jointly sought and received court approval to terminate a settlement agreement with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) in Columbus, Ohio, regarding the deployment of tasers in the Franklin County jails. The move recognizes the successful implementation of reforms by the FCSO that resulted in a dramatic reduction in the use of tasers overall, as well as substantial improvements in policies, procedures, training and accountability and review mechanisms in those limited circumstances that tasers are used.

The settlement agreement resolved allegations that the FCSO inappropriately used tasers against detainees, including persons with disabilities, in violation of their constitutional rights. The allegations were initially brought in a class action lawsuit filed by Ohio Legal Rights Service (now Disability Rights Ohio), a federally designated protection and advocacy organization for persons with disabilities. The department filed a statement of interest and later intervened in the lawsuit under its enforcement authority under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act.

The U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Ohio approved and entered the settlement agreement on Feb. 4, 2011. The agreement prohibited sheriff’s deputies from using tasers against any detainee who is not reasonably perceived to pose a threat to the safety of the deputy or others and is not resisting by use of physical force. The agreement further restricted the practice of using tasers against persons who question a deputy’s commands in a non-violent manner, or who remain in a limp or prone position. Critically, the settlement agreement prohibited the use of tasers against persons who are known or reasonably believed to be pregnant, are intoxicated due to drugs or alcohol, or are mentally ill or physically impaired. To achieve these reforms, the agreement detailed changes to FCSO’s policies, procedures, training, accountability and supervisory review mechanisms, including the use of de-escalation techniques, heightened reporting requirements by each deputy involved in a use of force and triggers for automatic higher-level review by the Internal Affairs Bureau.

On Dec. 24, 2015, the department joined the FCSO and Disability Rights Ohio in a motion to terminate the settlement agreement, citing the sheriff’s sustained substantial compliance with the terms of the agreement for more than two years, as required by the agreement’s terms. On Dec. 28, 2015, the federal court granted the parties’ joint motion to terminate the settlement agreement in light of these improvements.

“We are pleased to see the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reform its use of force practices in its jails, especially with respect to persons with disabilities,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “The accountability mechanisms implemented through this agreement will ensure that the positive outcomes will be sustained long after the agreement is terminated.”

“The termination of this agreement illustrates the positive changes implemented by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in its policies, training and accountability in regard to taser use, particularly when involving those with disabilities,” said U.S. Attorney Carter M. Stewart of the Southern District of Ohio.

Section 14141 authorizes the department to bring a lawsuit seeking remedies to eliminate a pattern or practice of misconduct by law enforcement agencies. The Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section partnered with the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Ohio and attorneys with Disability Rights Ohio to investigate, negotiate and monitor the successful implementation of reforms to the use of tasers in the Franklin County jails.

About FREDERICA CADE

Most of the information you will see comes from some Federal/state Government documents or Federal/State Governm Agency. -----------------------------------------------The fellow that can only see a week ahead is always the popular fellow, for he is looking with the crowd. But the one that can see years ahead, he has a telescope but he can't make anybody believe that he has it. ~~~~Will Rogers __The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.~ Albert Einstein ~"I never work better than when I am inspired by anger; for when I am angry, I can write, pray, and preach well, for then my whole temperament is quickened, my understandingsharpen​ed, and all mundane vexations and temptations depart.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. _________________________________________________________________________________________ ~"The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment".~___________________________________ George Washington, Address to the Members of the Volunteer Association of Ireland, December 2, 1783 Fredericacade@gmail.com

Discussion

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Frederica Cade’s Blog (Politics, News, Analysis, Investigation, Press Releases, Education, Economics, Internet, News Releases, Featured stories, Fraud, and History, U.S. Laws, Posted stories, Index of reports, meta,Home page)

Blog Stats #

  • 752,313 hits

Frederica Cade’s Archives

Recent Post

March 2016
M T W T F S S
« Feb   Apr »
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031  

Frederica Cade’s Blog (Politics, News, Analysis, Investigation, Press Releases, Education, Economics, Internet, News Releases, Featured stories, Fraud, and History, U.S. Laws, Posted stories, Index of reports, meta,Home page)

Politics, local News, National News, Foreign news, Congress, President, Government, Economics, Analysis, Art, Health,Investigation, FBI, Justice Department, Fraud, Press Releases, Health Care, News Releases, Law, and History Tags

2012 Elections Affordable Care Act Alabama Albuquerque ALEC Alexandria American Legislative Exchange Council AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE COUNCIL (ALEC) Analysis Arizona Atlanta Attorney General Eric Holder California charter schools Chicago Congress Connecticut Democrats Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole Donald Trump Economics Economy Education Environ Environme Environmen Environment EPA FBI Federal Election Commission (FEC) Florida fraud FreedomWorks General Georgia Governor Nikki Haley Grover Norquist Hammond Health Health Care Heritage Foundation HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Hillary Clinton History https://fredericacade.wordpress.com https://fredericacade.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit.php?category_name=politics-congress-investigation-republicans-fbi-internet-health-economy-education-wikipedia-local-news-press-release-justice-departm Idaho Illinois Inc. Indiana Internet Investigation Iowa IRS jobs Jr. Justice Department Kansas Kara Pally Keystone XL Knoxville Koch Koch Brothers Koch Industries Laws local news Louisiana Maryland Massachusetts Matte Kibbe Memphis meta Miami Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Mitt Romney Montana Nashville National News Nebraska New Jersey New Mexico News New York Nikki Haley North Carolina Ohio Oklahoma Oregon outsourcing Paul Ryan Pennsylvania Philadelphia Politics President President Obama Press Release Public Schools Puerto Rico record Republicans Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Sr. Tennessee Texas Top Story TransCanada Vincent Sheheen Virginia Voting Rights Act Voting Rights Act of 1965 WASHINGTON Washington D.C. West Virginia Wikipedia Wisconsin

Frederica Cade’s Blog (Politics, News, Analysis, Investigation, Press Releases, Education, Economics, Internet, News Releases, Featured stories, Fraud, and History, U.S. Laws, Posted stories, Index of reports, meta,Home page)

Follow me on Twitter

Frederica Cade’s Blog (Politics, News, Analysis, Investigation, Press Releases, Education, Economics, Internet, News Releases, Featured stories, Fraud, and History, U.S. Laws, Posted stories, Index of reports, meta,Home page)