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#MeToo and the Police

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on April 12, 2019

Police officers are an integral part of a safe and thriving community. From the time we are children, society has taught us that the friendly neighborhood cop is always looking out for our best interests and to put the “bad guys” in jail. While that is certainly true for a majority of the hard-working policemen and women in our country, an alarming trend of police misconduct and sexual harassment has come to light in recent years. Read the rest »

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Who Polices the Police?

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on December 29, 2018

The men and women of law enforcement are among the bravest individuals in the world. They wake up every day and go to a job that most of us cannot even imagine, rush into harm’s way to keep strangers safe, and face dangers that other people go to great lengths to avoid. Police officers throughout Texas who do their jobs with respect and dignity are the finest examples of what it means to be a Texan. Read the rest »

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Even Off-Duty, Officers Must Be Held Responsible

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on October 8, 2018

In early September 2018, Dallas police officer Amber Guyger returned to her apartment complex after her shift and entered a unit she claims she thought was her own. Once inside the room, Guyger shot and killed the man who actually lived in the apartment, thinking he was an intruder. Guyger was still in uniform, but was off-duty at the time. She was charged with manslaughter and fired from the Dallas police department (CNN). Read the rest »

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The Troubling Trend of Police Sexual Misconduct

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 19, 2018

A police officer is accused of an act of sexual misconduct at least every five days in the United States. A national analysis found more than 500 officer arrests for sexual misconduct over a three-year period.

It’s hard to face these numbers, because police officers are supposed to be a source of trust and aid. As stories of egregious police brutality continue to surface in the media, we’ve been forced to readjust our image of the police and the pedestal upon which we may have put them. Read the rest »

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Dispatchers Ignore Callers, Should Be Held Liable

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on June 18, 2018

In July 2015 in New Mexico, a 911 dispatcher received a call from a woman attempting to keep her friend alive after he suffered a gunshot wound at a house party. Both the caller and the dispatcher became frustrated and the following conversation ensued: Read the rest »

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Airbnb Incident Shows Off America’s Racist Side

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on June 11, 2018

Recently, three black Airbnb guests were met by seven police cars as they attempted to check out of their rental unit in California. The neighbor who called the police made the call because the departing guests didn’t wave back to her or smile at her. The woman said the guests were unfamiliar in the neighborhood and looked suspicious carrying their luggage. Read the rest »

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When You Shouldn’t Trust the Badge

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on March 30, 2018

In early February 2018, a New Jersey police officer was criminally charged after being accused of domestic violence and harassment two days in a row.

The 27-year-old officer reportedly burst into a woman’s home and slapped a man in the face after refusing to leave the residence. A day later, he harassed a woman at a restaurant and then followed her home. The officer was charged with fourth-degree trespassing and misdemeanor counts of harassment and simple assault. Read the rest »

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What You Should Know About Police Brutality

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on February 21, 2018

As of February 2018, 108 people have already been shot and killed by police, an average of 3 people per day. In a news conference in January, the family of Tommy Le, a high school student shot three times by police last year, announced that they have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against King County, Washington, where he was killed.

Although officers on the scene claimed that Tommy had a knife and lunged at them, evidence proves that he had a pen, not a knife, and that he was moving away from the officers at the time he was shot. Stories like Le’s are becoming all too familiar in the American media, and make many people rightfully question police officers’ use of excessive, unnecessary force. Read the rest »

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Wrongful Death: Jailed Man Dies After Guards Ignore His Severe Food Allergy

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on November 11, 2013

prison-cell-interior-wt-johnsonDue to a complete lack of responsibility, an inmate in the state of Washington is now dead due to negligence. 22-year-old Michael Saffioti has had extreme dairy allergies his entire life according to his mother Rose. He had been incarcerated in the Snohomish County Jail once before, and the guards knew him and his dietary needs prior to his recent stay. During breakfast, footage shows that he asked the guard about the contents of his oatmeal, and guards told him it contained no dairy. A few minutes later he is shown to be asking a guard for a rescue inhaler, but the guard declined, refusing his request for medical help. Saffioti was then sent to his cell instead. In his cell, he used the call button to ask for help, but was once again ignored by the guards. Soon after, he was found lying unconscious in his cell. Surveillance footage shows emergency medical staff frantically performing CPR on Saffioti, he was then rushed to an area hospital. He was pronounced dead upon arrival. Saffioti was incarcerated after turning himself in for a marijuana misdemeanor charge.

His mother Rose is now suing the county for $10 million, claiming blatant negligence to her son’s needs. Her attorney, Cheryl Snow, says that he made his needs apparent and the guards ignored his request, leading to a wrongful, unnecessary death.

If you know someone who has suffered due to the negligence or improper care of another, compensation may be deserved. Wrongful death affects family and loved ones along with the victims themselves. If you are affected by the wrongful death of a loved one, please contact the professionals at W.T. Johnson for legal help.

Florida Murderers Escape Prison with Accidental Release

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on October 21, 2013

prison-cell-interior-wt-johnsonAfter weeks of searching, authorities have detained two escaped convicts, they’re believed to have forged court documents that permitted their release. 34 year-old Joseph Jenkins has been serving a 50 year sentence since 1998 for the home invasion, armed robbery, and murder of Roscoe Pugh Jr. Jenkins was also charged with car theft in 1997, adding 5 years to his sentence. He was wrongfully released on September 27th. Charles Walker, also 34 years-old, was serving a 15 year sentence for a 1999 murder. Walker was released on October 8th under the same circumstances. Both men were released from Franklin Correctional Institution in Florida’s panhandle.

It is still unclear how the documents were created, and by whom. The documents stated that their sentences have been reduced and court orders had granted their early release. The official documents were forged, and even contained key signatures. One such signature was that of Judge Belvin Perry. The same Judge Perry affiliated with the high profile Casey Anthony murder case. Due to the widespread media attention of the case, Perry’s signature can easily be found through the internet.

Both men were captured Saturday evening at 6:40pm in Panama City, Florida in the Coconut Grove Motor Inn. Earlier that day, the two convict’s families held a televised press conference to plea to the men to turn themselves in and avoid more trouble. Jenkins was on the lam for three weeks and a day, and Walker was for one week and four days. Both families claimed to have no knowledge of the planned escapes. The Walker family actually found out about the escape when a Franklin Correctional officer called them to let them know they can come pick up Charles Walker. The proper authorities were then contacted by a member of Walker’s family, beginning the manhunt.

Thankfully no one was harmed due to this slip-up. The system does have loopholes and can be manipulated by patient men. If you or someone you know is a victim of someone else’s mistake, please contact W.T. Johnson for legal counsel.

If you would like to discuss your claim with a member of our team, don’t hesitate to call us at (214) 231-0544. We’re ready to help you, and won’t rest until you receive the settlement you deserve.

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