Keith Givens on the Trial Lawyers Summit and Lanier Trial Academy

Michelle Swanner, Executive Director of The National Trial Lawyers, interviews Keith Givens, Founding Shareholder of The Cochran Firm, P.C., about his experiences at the Trial Lawyers Summit and Lanier Trial Academy.

Q: Can you tell me about your experience at the Trial Lawyers Summit?

A: The Trial Lawyers Summit, and I have attended probably 10 or 12, is an opportunity, usually at the first part of the year, to jumpstart your brain and practice. But given COVID-19 circumstances, we are a little bit delayed this year, and given the unusually cold weather, everyone is super anxious to get started on both. The Trial Lawyers Summit is a networking opportunity on steroids, and it’s an opportunity to hear from the very best speakers and presenters in the country. I think we will have over 150 this year to present some of the changes and techniques that we are going to have to adapt to because of what we have experienced with all of the shutdowns in the justice system over the last 12 months. It’s really critical to experience both the safe interaction—because we will have proper distancing and masks provided by Esquire Bank—and all of the other necessary techniques to make sure our attendees are safe to restart our practices the right way again.

Q: Can you tell me about your experience at the Lanier Trial Academy?

A: The Lanier Trial Academy is a perfect 1-2 punch, with the first punch being the Summit in Miami and the second being a more detailed, ingraining experience with one of the best trial lawyers of our time. Mark Lanier will spend two full days sharing every secret he has, as well as some of his inner thoughts as to how to prepare for trials, the presentation of the trial itself, and what wins trials. Ultimately, he will take everyone through the jury selection, to the closing arguments, all the way through to receiving the verdict. Attendees will hear things that they will not be able to hear at any other conference, in any other manner. So, I would not miss that second punch that will help us get restarted, especially after COVID-19.

Q: Why should someone attend both the Trial Lawyers Summit and Lanier Trial Academy?

A: Well, for two reasons. The first, being the discounted opportunity we are now offering. Also, I think if you attend one, it should motivate you enough to want to be the kind of trial lawyer that wouldn’t want to miss the second one. The Lanier Trial Academy will get you into the weeds and below as it relates to being a successful trial lawyer and learning some of the most modern up-to-date techniques. So personally, I wouldn’t miss either one.

If you are interested in registering for both events using an exclusive 2021 Event Pass, NTL members can sign up here, and non-members can sign up here.

The 2021 Trial Lawyers Summit is sponsored by Counsel Financial, The Sentinel Group, and Digital Law Marketing. The Lanier Trial Academy Master Class 5.0 Big As Texas Partners are Consumer Attorney Marketing Group, Archer, and Trusted Legal Partners.

Safety Guidelines at the 2021 Trial Lawyers Summit

Safety has played a massive factor in planning for the upcoming Trial Lawyers Summit. If you are determined to enhance your legal processes, attending the Trial Lawyers Summit is the first step. On January 31 – February 3, 2021, YOU are our main priority. For this event, attendance is limited, but you can guarantee your spot by registering now. There’s no need to worry – you will receive a 100% refund if the Trial Lawyers Summit is canceled or if you cancel due to COVID-19 related issues. Though we do not know what requirements will be in place in January, we currently anticipate all events and sessions will remain on-site at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Large social gatherings will occur outside, and outdoor dining space will be made available for all meals, weather permitting. Plenty of disposable face masks and personal size hand sanitizer will be available for everyone, and physical/social distancing will be encouraged and respectfully enforced. Attendees will be required to wear a face mask during indoor activities and sessions. All session seating will be physically/socially distanced, and meeting occupancy will be limited to the seats available. To view our full COVID-19 safety guidelines, click here.

Best of all, Emmy award-winning medical reporter and writer Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be our keynote speaker at the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon on February 1. I’m interested to hear his thoughts on the world today regarding COVID-19 and what the future holds.

Check out the full conference agenda and view our online brochure.

Make sure to reserve your spot and I’ll see you next January!


Michelle Swanner

Executive Director

The National Trial Lawyers

Understanding Natural Disaster Assistance Litigation Against Insurance Firms

What occurs in the aftermath of a disastrous tornado? All-natural catastrophes normally include seven main events. These events are: landslides, volcanic eruptions, twisters, lightning, tsunamis, hurricanes as well as quakes. While natural catastrophes are taken into consideration “an act of God” various other disasters might involve carelessness of an additional entity.

All-natural catastrophes are typically specified to be an occasion that causes building damage due to natural reasons over one’s own control. This event typically entails extreme conditions. Natural calamities are frequently identified as including, “considerable damages to residential or commercial property, hardship, suffering or possible death.”

Any various other events taken into consideration a calamity may need extra defense spent for different purposes from primary insurance policy. All-natural catastrophes can typically be uncertain as well as tough to gauge. In this way, it can commonly be somewhat challenging to recuperate losses for damages to property.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has actually been proclaimed a natural disaster by several state supreme courts, including the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. After a certifying occasion, a person might most reasonably expect the insurance coverage claim to after that be paid rather quickly by the insurance company.

When a disaster occurs, insurance companies have the obligation of ensuring their clients receive payment in the most reliable way and also way feasible. People pay premiums in a timely way in order to get insurance coverage in times like these.

Disaster alleviation is substantiated of rather arduous situations and also the resolution procedure from the occurrence to bring back residential or commercial property to its original glory from before the catastrophe can additionally be rather arduous too. Occasionally, insurance policy policyholders can be denied protection where the insurance company finds that their damages allegedly pre-existed the storm.

Following Superstorm Sandy, flooding was represented as all-natural earth activity rather than harmful floodwater. As a result of this, Sandy sufferers filed a number of suits and legislative hearings, in turn compelling FEMA to carry out internal examinations and also change the National Flooding Insurance Coverage Program.

The concern in the results of the storm after that comes to be why insurance policy insurers as well as engineers purposefully head out of their means to deny policyholders insurance coverage for problems.

Unfortunately, sometimes, insurance companies virtually consistently reject, delay or underpay residential property insurance coverage claims.

Who is to blame?  

Insurance Companies. 

The waters of insurance law can be extremely complicated as well as commonly murky. Even more, courts can promptly come to be bewildered by exactly how complicated the natural disaster cases can be at the quantity at which they are gotten. With natural disasters come plaintiffs from both sides, and also sufferers looking for to recuperate problems. Insurance companies typically provide open umbrella policies for natural catastrophe protection.

Nonetheless, insurance providers do not categorize damages by the sort of all-natural disaster, but by the risk. After you report some kind of damages on your building insurance coverage case, the insurer sends an insurance adjuster to assess as well as approximate damage to a residence.

Even more, it can be from days to months to hear from and follow up with an insurer. Hereafter the duration of the determining what the insurance company will give up terms of a check for problems, insurance holders are typically lowballed. Checks can frequently be reduced compared to what repairs your residence requires to recover it to its former glory from before the damage occurred.

What do insurance companies classify as a natural disaster?

What do insurers identify as a natural catastrophe? A peril is a type of danger that can trigger damage. In general, home insurance coverage is divided right into open peril as well as named perils.

Open peril covers all possible risks within a general group. Named hazards cover just details of hazards chosen and named in the policy.

Typically you have to select whether you want an open peril policy which is extensive, with nearly all feasible situations covered- or named risk plans which can be extra restricted but likewise a lot more cost efficient. Nevertheless, while cheaper, named peril plans do not use the deepness of safety an open risk policy has.

Specific types of natural catastrophes do not consist of the open perils policy and need to be named to be covered by insurance policy. For kinds not included you need to purchase this kind of protection separate from the initial plan either with an additional named policy or adding it onto the open peril policy.

Additionally, sometimes an all-natural disaster will certainly not be covered by insurance even if the catastrophe consists of your plan. This occurs where the insurance provider believed the damage could have been stopped by human action.

As an example, because wind is a covered risk in a lot of plans, a person will likely then have insurance coverage for the damage hurricanes create. There are eight domestic insurance policy types, represented HO-1 with HO-8.

Property owners insurance is made use of to avoid all-natural calamities due to the fact that natural calamity insurance coverage does not exist as a standalone policy. House owners insurance coverage most significantly does not include flooding and quake damages.

Protection can imply homeowners can commonly recoup losses associated with different sorts of property. A few of these kinds are: walls as well as insulation; power as well as electrical energy; asbestos; mold and mildew damages as well as added expenses.

The degree of problems you will have the ability to recoup is also extremely dependent on the insurance coverage company. Many insurance plans do not cover usual damages from calamities as pointed out above.

Why do Insurance Companies Underpay?

Insurers underpay or refute insurance claims. Underpayment of an insurance case is nevertheless 5-10% more common than a claim being wrongfully denied. Case methods can depend on the type of plan, the firm itself, as well as also the firms that sell their policies.

There are a variety of complicated elements associated with the wake of a denied insurance coverage claim that often tend to make it tough to understand specifically just how to proceed.

Insurers often are able to get away with underpaying insurance claims due to the basic fact that plaintiffs are not familiar with their legal rights. Additionally, insurance policy policyholders commonly do not have the capability or skill to handle the case of the complainant. Because of this, insureds end up spending for damages fixings themselves.

Exclusive insurance providers process particular insurance claims on behalf of FEMA, and also while they face penalties for settling excess cash to sufferers of damage from floods, they do not deal with just as extreme charges for underpaying policyholder insurance claims.

While the federal government funds flood insurance plans, and there is no revenue intention in this case, in homeowner’s protection where businesses pay out of their very own pockets, they do procure earnings and have intention of profit.

In some cases, insurers attempt to reduce prices by paying less and delaying settlement of cases, effectively making profit. Businesses have discovered they can save millions by lowballing insurance holder’s cases.

At the point where insurers approve a part of damages covered under the plan, these companies often undervalue claims. The insurer generally does this by establishing limitations on the number of products that can be repaired or setting limits on the amount they are willing to spend on fixings.

Insurers often establish restrictions on the number of limits that can be fixed or the amount they would certainly agree to pay to possibly fix your residence.

In numerous states, statutes enable residential or commercial property insurance companies to spend for the cash worth of substitutes opposed to replacement expense value. Replacement cost worth is even more exact to totally restore a residence to its condition from prior to damage. Insurance companies usually outright deny claims too.

Factors for this might be pre-existing damages or damage not covered by plan along with normal wear and tear or the damaged maintenance of residential or commercial property.

How do Insurance Companies Operate?

In taking care of insurance coverage claims, one might need to take adjustors into consideration as well. Adjusters get paid on the portion of cases they do. So essentially, adjustors are incentivized to create huge quantities of quotes, rapidly, not with the interest of the insurance holder in mind, yet rather with their system of settlement in mind.

There are private as well as public insurance adjusters. A private adjuster does this as well as scam clients. These adjusters do not benefit an insurer, as well as only help consumers. A public insurer works for the insurance provider. A plan of insurance is likewise referred to as a fiduciary indemnification contract. Fiduciaries take on a function of trust.

With indemnity, the insurer is needed to compensate another event to an agreement for any losses the various other parties sustain during the life of said contract. Insurance companies are required to pay any case that falls within the terms of an insurance company’s coverage policy.

If an insurer rejects your insurance claim they have to have a good faith and also reasonable basis for doing this.


Some examples of just how insurance companies underpay on cases can be discovered in legal actions.

Hurricane Isaac

In one suit, LCPIC, a state run insurer was sued for underpayment of property insurance claims following Storm Isaac. The breach of contract insurance policy legal actions varied. Some claims were underpaid by $40,000 and various other claims were underpaid by up to $70,000. Households were left in the results of devastating storms incapable to repair their houses due to deliberate claim underpayment.

Superstorm Sandy

After Superstorm Sandy, many insurance policy policyholders were refused insurance policy protection for damages obtained after flooding from the storm. Designed reports established damage from the house pre-existed the storm or could have been because of all-natural planet activity as well. After this tornado, experts in the field of insurance plan identified that insurance provider systematically rejected reputable insurance policy cases, and also when they did pay, they paid much less than they must have.


Lots of people who are underpaid by their insurance policy company do not wish to experience the discomfort as well as inconvenience of settling this case in the court of law. Insurance companies are familiar with this concept, as well as understand that this is the common viewpoint of most consumers.

However, to prevent these actions, insurance holders need to start to take their providers to court.

Some suggestions to take if you think you have been underpaid are to:

  1. Test the initial insurance coverage agreement to understand what is covered and also the protection amounts.
  2. Ask the insurance provider how they determined the case coverage.
  3. Work with a claims insurance adjuster that does not benefit an insurance company
  4. Work with a bad faith attorney if the insurer remains to reject or underpay your claim

In court, the insurance provider can be held accountable for the sum total of damages that you may have experienced as well as further, any type of extra damages from the company’s delayed payment. Further, the insurance company may be responsible for emotional distress suffered as an outcome of delay.

It might be possible to sue the insurance provider with a bad faith claim. A bad faith insurance coverage case might be submitted if the insurance provider refused you plan benefits without any just reason.

For that reason, if you have the ability to prove your insurance provider acted in bad faith in processing your all-natural calamity insurance claim, you can possibly recuperate the quantity that needs to have been paid in the insurance claim initially plus attorney costs.

If you think your insurance coverage for natural disasters ought to cover your case, as well as are being rejected for your insurance claim, talk to a Cochran Firm attorney near you that can provide you support on your civil liberties.

The experience of our lawyers ensures that we can find a remedy for you as well as one of the most reliable as well as effective ways to give that option. The rejection of your insurance claim has serious effects that a Cochran Firm attorney can walk you with.

In the wake of a destructive storm, trust the Cochran Firm to help you pick up the pieces. Visit for more information. 


Together Again at the 2021 Trial Lawyers Summit

On May 4 – 7, 2021, The National Trial Lawyers will present the annual Trial Lawyers Summit, hosted at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. This conference is a unique gathering of America’s most outstanding civil plaintiff and criminal defense lawyers. Offering various networking opportunities and informative sessions, the Trial Lawyers Summit provides attorneys the chance to improve their trial skills and business management.

“The Trial Lawyers Summit is always a massive hit. There are tons of interesting educational sessions, excellent speakers, great networking events, and a fantastic venue. I’ve been to many conferences, but the Trial Lawyers Summit offers a unique experience. I’d strongly encourage any trial lawyer to attend the next one,” says Lisa Blue, 2020 President of The National Trial Lawyers.

Packed with compelling speakers, valuable conversations, exclusive social functions, and plenty of opportunities to enjoy catered meals and remarkable amenities, the Trial Lawyers Summit will become your focal point in the new year.

“Every year that I go, I enjoy it. The program is great. The networking is amazing because you can hang out and learn a lot by example and through anecdotal stories while you’re there,” says John J. Givens, a lawyer with The Cochran Firm – Dothan.

Attorneys, paralegals, students, and firm administrators from far and near flock to our unique, family-friendly conference each year to experience the most relevant legal sessions and engaging networking events.

“There are great events and great parties, but the substance of what you get and what you can take back to your practice to use on Monday is what makes the difference,” says Dustin Herman, a lawyer with The Spangenberg Law Firm.

The sessions hosted at the Trial Lawyers Summit introduce tactical, useful insights for lawyers at any stage in their career. Education at the Trial Lawyers Summit focuses on digital marketing, mass torts, criminal defense, women’s leadership, trucking and automobile litigation, traumatic brain injury litigation, and much more.

“I go year after year. Every year, they have the best lineup with the most engaging speakers. They have the speakers that are in the trenches trying cases day in and day out,” Herman says.

If you are determined to enhance your legal processes, registering for the Trial Lawyers Summit is the first step. Whether you are trying your first case or your hundredth, perfecting your practice starts with the Trial Lawyers Summit.

To register for the 2021 Trial Lawyers Summit, click here.If you’d like to view the full agenda, click here.

“How do YOU fit into the J&J Talcum Powder Litigation”

Many medical research studies reveal that asbestos can  trigger cancer cells that emerge in some cases years after being exposed. A unusual as well hostile cancer, mesothelioma is specifically brought on by direct exposure to asbestos. Asbestos can additionally trigger cancer in the lungs or lung diseases. 

There are 5 acknowledged kinds of asbestos. These are Crocidolite, Amosite, Anthophyllite, Tremolite and also Actinolite. The mineral talc in its natural habitat does consist of asbestos as well as triggers cancer cells, however asbestos-free talc  has actually been utilized in cosmetics as far back as the 1970’s.

While Johnson and Johnson ( J&J) ensured the public of the pureness of their talcum powder, an examination revealed that the company had actually known that the tremolite asbestos could be in their talc ever since the year 1971. While asbestos is permitted in certain products if it makes up less than 1% of the item, when a business tells false truths concerning the  portion of the substance}, this can be lethal. Notes from a conference on July 8, 1971 with representatives of J&J’s research department in Brunswick, New Jersey unveiled that J&J recognized the fact that there were fragments of asbestos in their talc. At the conference, the research agents with Dr. Nashad from J&J reviewed an evaluation of their method of identifying asbestos in the talc.

While certain studies connect talc to cancer, there are worries that the researches rely upon individuals bearing in mind  just how much talc they made use of years prior. Additionally, there are various other variables that might trigger cancer cells besides simply asbestos contamination


What are the J&J Talc Lawsuits?

10 truths you need to recognize.

1.     The emphasis of the J&J lawsuits is their talcum powder/baby powder. Talc and asbestos are commonly discovered with or near each other in the earth in mines.  Talc extracted from the earth can in some cases be polluted with asbestos. J&J  acquired a collection of talc mines in Vermont in the 1960’s. The business utilized the Vermont mine’s Hammondville deposit as its main resource for talc from 1966 up until 1990.

2.     The J&J talc was polluted with tremolite. The  business’s memoranda determined that tremolite, a substance generally in asbestos, was discovered in their talc. The executives were cautioned concerning the damaging impact of the talcum powder from medical professionals. In 1992 after J&J sold their Vermont mines, the new proprietor referenced problems of tremolite in its talc deposit. A Rutgers geologist validated this fact, when she discovered asbestos in J&J’s Talcum powder in her 1991 research study, identifying the long needle-like structures she found as tremolite “asbestos” needles.

3.     J&J’s talc powder has been connected to different types of cancer. The J&J talc lawsuits started when their baby powder ended up being connected to a variety of cancers. J&J encountered legal action over this from as early on as the late 90’s. Darlene Coker was seemingly the first to file suit against J&J after a pathology test determined that a lung tissue sample of hers had thousands of lengthy fibers of four various types of asbestos consistent with direct exposure to talc including chrysotile as well as tremolite contamination. Coker passed away a few decades later from mesothelioma. 

4.     J and J recognized the powder in some circumstances contained asbestos. Reuters analyzed internal documents from J&J in 2018 and uncovered that the business’s baby powder was in some cases polluted with carcinogenic asbestos and additionally that the company concealed this information from the general public. 

5.     J&J rejected claims that their talc powder contained asbestos. From the initial complaint from Darlene Coker, the company  asserted there was no asbestos, not trace amounts in their talc powder. 

6.     J&J hid this information. J&J  ensured the FDA that there was no asbestos to be found in any sample of their talc in-between December 1972 and October 1973. J&J failed to inform the FDA that a minimum of at least 3 various labs from the years of 1972 to 1975 discovered asbestos in its talc, where some levels of the asbestos were reported to be “rather high”.

7.     Litigation Emerged. 90’s: Johnson and Johnson refuted the lac test lab tests and were able to avoid disclosing internal records requested by plaintiffs. Due to the fact that the plaintiff bears the burden of proof in civil lawsuits, the individuals in the lawsuit had no proof and had to drop the lawsuit altogether.

8.     The Litigations Disclosed Hidden Truths. 2018: twenty years later, the talc results as well as other records the complainants had sought for years were ultimately disclosed. Over 11,700 plaintiffs brought this information to light.

9.     Documents Revealed J&J Lied. Deposition and trial testimony as well as further investigation revealed from the years of 1971 to the early 2000’s, J&J’s raw talc powders revealed that the business’s raw talc as well as finished powders in some cases tested positive for trace amounts of asbestos. Some of the company’s top executives knew this information while failing to disclose it to the general public.

10.  Records Reveal J&J Designed Research Outcomes in Their Favor. Records reveal that J&J designed research outcomes in their favor via sponsored research studies, some even including J&J employees. A study from the 1970’s shows how J&J paid for the studies through sponsoring them, telling researchers their desired results, and hiring ghostwriters to redraft articles to present their findings in a more positive way in their journals. The J&J physicians in charge of the study were not disclosed. These studies have since influenced the entire market, and were accepted until just the past few years. All the while, J&J was able to brainwash the industry into thinking that their talc was not contaminated with asbestos, and if there were trace amounts, that this was not concerning. 

What Stage Are The Lawsuits In NOW

Private lawsuits all throughout the nation, in addition to class action cases comprise a total of over 19,000 plaintiffs suing J&J over their talcum powder. These lawsuits are all filed by survivors and consumers of the talc products, which inevitably caused cancer die to contamination with asbestos, a carcinogen.


Some of the most noteworthy class actions have received verdicts along the lines of $4.7 billion, $117 million, $110 million, $70 million, $55 million, and $26 million.

  1. $ 4.7 Billion Judgment for 22 Females (July 2018). One noteworthy case against J&J is a Missouri lawsuit from 2018. 22 women brought the lawsuit against J&J in Missouri. The court found that the J&J talcum powder did  cause ovarian cancer in the 22 women. The jury gave the complainants $4.7 billion in all, but the Missouri Court of Appeals lowered this amount to $2.1 billion and ultimately $2.1 billion. 
  1. Joanne Anderson v. Johnson and Et Al-25 .7 million Judgment (May 2018). In May 2018, A Los Angeles court granted compensatory damages for $21.7 million, as well as $4 million in punitive damages to Joanna Anderson. Anderson, 68, asserted that her constant use of J&J’s talc powder triggered her cancer. J&J was  made to pay 2/3rds of the overall verdict while other pharmaceutical companies were made to pay the other third. 
  1. Stephen Lanzo v. Johnson & Johnson- $117 Million Judgment (April 2018) In April 2018, a New Jersey court granted 80 million in punitive damages and $37 million in compensatory damages to financial investment banker Stephen Lanzo and his partner. Lanzo asserted that he acquired mesothelioma cancer after 30 some  years of using J&J’s talc powder and shower products. Lanzo asserted that the products consisted of asbestos which triggered his cancer. While J&J asserted the locations Lanzo lived triggered his cancer, the jury differed in their views. The court ended up granting Lanzo and his wife $117 million. J&J did appeal their judgment but a New Jersey state judge affirmed the judgement, and did not overturn the verdict for J&J.
  1. Lois Slemp v. Johnson & Johnson-$ 110 Million Judgment (May 2017). In May 2017, a St. Lewis jury granted $110 million to Lois Slemp from Wise, Virginia. Slemo  alleged that utilizing J&J’s baby powder and shower products for over 40 years caused her ovarian cancer  which in turn infected her liver. Slemp alleged there was asbestos in the J&J products she used that was carcinogenic. She received $110 million from the company as damages and $105 of this was punitive damages.
  1. Gloria Ristesund v. Johnson & Johnson- $55 Million Judgment (May 2016). In May 2016, a Missouri court granted Gloria Ristesund $55 million after she made use of the J&J talcum powder as well as shower to shower product on her pelvic area for years.

Why Is It Important

The lawsuits have become crucial to safeguard future victims as well as prevent J&J from further holding back important details such as the asbestos levels in their products that have already affected too many lives.

The World Health Organization as well as other authorities acknowledge that there is a risk-free degree of direct exposure to asbestos. Further, even trace amounts of the substance can activate cancer cells years after exposure.  Regardless of investigations disclosing that J&J recognized that there was asbestos in their products for deceased, J&J has consistently denied these claims, and state that their products are risk-free and do not cause cancers.

Ongoing litigation has in effect forced the company to eliminate talcum powder from their product  line. This means less contamination and less exposure to these products, therefore fewer victims. Much like the opioid lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, where the company continued marketing schemes on a global scale, there are ongoing fears that J&J will continue to impact people worldwide with asbestos contaminated products. 

The lawsuit’s punitive damages prove a point that other companies as well as J&J will face serious consequences where they endanger the public with contaminated products. 

Who Has It Affected

The litigation against J&J came about due to consumers developing various cancers after using the company’s product. The two main cancers caused by the asbestos contamination are mesothelioma, a cancer affecting the lungs, as well as ovarian cancer. One of the first cases against J&J was filed by Darlene Coker. Coker ran a massage school in Texas, and somehow developed mesothelioma. Tissue samples determined that her cancer was caused by asbestos exposure. Her attorney Hobson filed against J&J with knowledge that talc and asbestos occurred together naturally in mines, and talc deposits. 

J&J denied all claims, was able to avoid disclosing any documents and Coker was forced to drop her lawsuit. Decades later, more lawsuits revealed Coker and her attorney were correct. Documents revealed there was asbestos in J&J’s products and their initial claims were false. The company’s raw talc and other finished powder tested positive for trace amounts of asbestos sometimes in worrying amounts. 

If you are a consumer like Darlene Coker, and more who have developed cancer due to exposure to J&J’s products, reach out to a professional at The Cochran Firm to assist you with your lawsuit.

What To Do If You Have Been Affected 

Contact a Cochran Firm attorney if you have been affected. Call 1 (888) 671-5973 for a confidential call with an intake specialist or visit to complete a form so we can walk you through the confidential process. 


Types of Truck Accidents

Big truck accidents are the most dangerous sort of accident on U.S. highways. Five plus tons of steel colliding with you at any type of speed will leave your automobile and also those inside, at the very least, seriously harmed. Over the past decade, the number of large vehicle as well as 18-wheeler crashes have gradually climbed with 2017 culminating in 5,000 deaths, alone, and a lot more hurt.

But what is exactly considered a “large vehicle?” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines a big truck as, “Any truck with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 10,000 pounds.”

It is very important to keep in mind that the body make-up and car makeup do not mark a truck as a “big vehicle.” Even if it does not look like your normal 18-wheeler or construction vehicle, does not mean it is not classified as a big truck. This distinction might entitle you to far more settlement money for injury and damage as trucking laws are much more strenuous than day-to-day civilian driving laws.

With a lot of weight, it is easy to see how the tiniest detail failing at moderate speeds can cause disaster for those operating the vehicle. Thankfully, vehicle behavior is relatively predictable if you understand what to look out for when traveling. If you are watchful of the caution signs, drivers around you, and the weather conditions, you can ensure your safety even when disaster strikes. 

Below are the most usual kinds of big truck accidents, just how they happen, and what you need to recognize the warning signs.

Jackknife Accidents

Designated “the jackknife” due to its obvious shape, the jackknife accident is one of the most typical big truck accidents you will see when traveling on a large highway.

The Jackknife takes place when a vehicle attempts to make a sudden and violent stop on a highway. The skidding halt creates the hitched trailers inertia to push forward on the cab and also begin to turn backward and forward wildly up until momentum takes control and also develops a 90-degree angle between the taxi and the trailer.

With any type of speed, the 18-wheeler is likely to roll over and spill whatever it is carrying across the highway and also right into the surrounding environment. Great if it is lugging a lifetime supply of Swedish fish, not so great if it is lugging jet fuel or hazardous chemicals.

Overlooking the cargo for a moment, the greatest risk in a jackknife truck accident is the swinging trailer. When the truck driver loses control of the truck’s momentum, that trailer will certainly be drifting from lane to lane until gravity brings it completely to one side. The trailer can possibly swing out as well and strike various other automobiles or swing throughout several lanes requiring drivers to make unexpected and immediate stops which can also cause a wreck.

So, we understand the appearance of a jackknife as well as the possible threats of a jackknife but why does it take place? There are a number of variables that can raise the opportunities of a big truck jackknifing:

First, extreme speeding. It takes a great deal of force to stop a large truck; the higher the speed the more pressure called for when stopping. When a driver needs to make a fast quit at high speeds, there is a bigger possibility they lose control of the truck.

Second, road problems and conditions. Anything that makes the wheels on a truck lose traction places the truck driver in extreme danger of losing control. Inclement weather conditions where roadways are slippery, excessively dry, or sleet see a three times rise in jackknife mishaps.

Third, is a light carrying load. As opposed to what you might think, having more weight in the trailer of a 18-wheeler is much safer in regard to a jackknife incident. The included weight stops the trailer from swerving back and forth.


A rollover is just as the name suggests, a vehicle toppling over under the duress of its weight in an unexpected stop. Rollovers regularly occur when a driver attempts to overcorrect their mistakes — whether making a prompt stop or trying to recuperate after a tire slips off of the lip of the highway. When the tire spills off the lip of the pavement, the separation in between the pavement as well as the soft ground causes a rut and leaves the tire clutching at just air. When a driver tries to overcorrect too fast and jerks the wheel back on the road, the unexpected hold in grip triggers the big truck to change directions quicker and topple over.

Rollover collisions are additionally incredibly speed dependent– a lot more so than non-rollover accidents and even a low increase in rate can be the difference between a simple skid and a fatal collision. 40% of deadly rollover accidents include excessive speeding and almost 75% of deadly crashes took place where the speed limit was published at 55mph or greater.

What makes a rollover so frightening is that when it begins to tip there is absolutely no way for the driver to restore control of the big truck. As discussed in the previous area, the heavier the load, the less likely it is to jackknife, but that included weight can make a rollover more probable. Once an 18-wheeler starts to roll, there is just one area for that freight to go: out. Particles and cargo can be tossed out onto the roads as well as damage autos, hinder judgement, and pollute the surrounding setting.

The NHTSA reports that 35% of all traffic deaths result from rollovers. The most common causes of rollovers are: speeding, aggressive driving, and also slippery roads.

Tire Blowouts

Tire blowouts are one of the most avoidable mishaps on this list and, sadly, it 100% boils down to the negligence of the drivers and vehicle examiners.

It is essential to acknowledge that tire blowouts are not simply punctures; tire blowouts are the unexpected and explosive rupturing of a tire wall surface from excessive warmth and wear. The resulting surge can leave the tire rubber in shreds as well as catapulting right into nearby lanes. It can additionally obtain captured in the semi-trucks of other tires and trigger the motorist to overcorrect and result in among both mishaps currently detailed over.

We have all been driving along the freeway and seen the remains of such an event. The long, torn strips of rubber that lay swaying in the breeze from speeding by cars. Curving, black husks that a truck will leave behind like a cicada leaves behind a shell on a hot summer day. They can be so small you do not also register them, or they can be so large you are compelled to alter lanes.

Tire blowouts boil down to 2 primary corroborating factors: Failing to check tires frequently and also falling short to replace tires when needed.The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has a strenuous set of rules that truckers and trucking companies must adhere to in respect to tire care and inspection. It is an exhaustive list of rules but for the sake of brevity, I will sum it up here:

Truckers have to methodically evaluate their truck and tires after each successful trip. The vehicle should go through a pre-inspection and post-inspection. While on the road, truckers must inspect their tires at the end of each day. If any tire does not look fit to execute the rest of the journey, the vehicle might not be driven until the tire is appropriately replaced.

Underride and Override Accidents

Underride and override accidents mishaps are incredibly terrifying mishaps that can leave the top of your car completely scissored off if severe enough.

First, the difference: Override accidents are when a huge vehicle fails to drop in time and rides up onto a car in front of it. An underride accident is when a passenger vehicle collides with the trailer of a big truck and slides itself under the trailer. Generally speaking, override crashes are the mistake of the truck driver and underride accidents are the fault of the traveler vehicle, yet, as we know, not everything is so black and white. Below are several of one of the most common events that cause override as well as underride accidents.

Override accident can take place if a trucker is following too closely to an additional passenger vehicle that needs to make an abrupt stop, there is low visibility from rain or fog, the truck driver falling short to yield an access, a driver negligently altering lanes without inspecting his surroundings, brake failing, or a tire blowout.

Underride mishaps most commonly take place due to a driver following too closely to a big vehicle or bad visibility, but here are some examples of how a large truck can be liable for the accident. The vehicle does not have properly operating brake lights or tail lights, the mandated reflective tape on the trailer is unclean or otherwise visible, the underride guards are missing, the driver does not indicate altering lanes, or the vehicle driver parks on the shoulder without proper illumination.

All of these can lead to override and underride accidents and does not mean the truck driver is always liable. The trucking company can be held accountable if the mistake got on part of the large truck driver or there was a mechanical trouble with the vehicle. The passenger vehicle can be held accountable or partly accountable if it is located they were riding as well carefully or stopped as well unexpectedly.


The most common theme you will certainly see running through all these mishaps is the #1 cause in all vehicle accidents: Human error. Each crash might have a different classification or name but the unvarying variable in every crash is the individual behind the wheel. Carelessness to follow laws, neglect to evaluate cars, and also carelessness to listen to their very own body.

Exhaustion is one of the most typical sources of human error for truck drivers; about 40% of all truck crashes are attributed to exhaustion.

This, you would believe, would be the easiest to stay clear of or avoid. Who would voluntarily quit sleeping in order to drive a truck? The answer appears to be the trucking business. Trucking companies incentivize their drivers to abandon safety regulations and under sleep in order to finish deliveries much faster.

One of the most disregarded security guidelines for large truck drivers is the amount of hours for service guidelines. It mentions that a driver may only spend 10 successive hours driving and 11 overall hours on the road each day, with a minimum of 10 hours off in between shifts. Drivers can not go beyond 60 hours when driving in one week and are asked to take 34 successive hours off each week.

This break enables the drivers to sleep, gather themselves, and make the needed inspections before heading back when driving. The pressure to achieve target dates established by the trucking companies pressures these drivers to overlook many of the regulations in order to fulfill their goals to reach their incentives. Many driving pay incentives are determined by how many work you full and just how swiftly you complete them. This enhanced expectation also plays a large component in the opiate as well as prescription medicine abuse we see in the vehicle driving community. If you remain in a vehicle accident and tiredness or hrs of service policy breach are considered to be liable you can pursue the trucking firm also.


There are many different sorts of vehicle crashes. Understanding the signs can be the difference in between life and death in many cases. Observe your environments – take notice of the road problems, climate, as well as your fellow drivers. Always drive meticulously around a big vehicle and also do your ideal to remain well over or behind the truck.

If road conditions are wet or visibility is low, remember jackknife and rollover crashes and also stay well ahead or behind an associate at the very least one lane of separation. If you are alongside with a vehicle do your ideal to swiftly and also safely pass the automobile and also remember tire blowouts. If you see a huge truck swerving in between lanes or drifting off onto the lip of the roadway, promptly call the authorities; they will identify the vehicle and safely escort it off the road.

No person drives with the intent of getting into a crash and the very same is true for truck drivers. Mistakes happen and as long as you are vigilant and also conscious of your environments, you can significantly reduce your chances of finding yourself in an accident with a big vehicle.

At the Cochran Firm, our attorneys have extensive experience handling these cases.  We utilize the top trucking experts in the field as a resource to assist with and consult on these cases. And our results in these cases speak for themselves with millions of dollars recovered on behalf of our clients in verdicts and settlements.  

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8 Ways Police Can/Cannot Lawfully Infringe on Your Civil Liberties

The ACLU has commonly stated that the method to construct the toughest case for reform is via looking into cops departments, and uncovering pertinent policies as well as practices they enforce. The company has also stated that to understand officers’ staminas and also weaknesses it is very important to contrast them to other divisions. A crucial topic is the use of physical force. This consists of comprehending your regional cops division’s formal written policies on how policemans are supposed to act as well as not behave in particular scenarios. According to the National Institute of Justice, there is “no solitary, generally agreed-upon meaning of use of pressure.” The Institute explains, the use of pressure usually depends on the officers and circumstance due to the fact that no 2 police officers or situations coincide. While there is no nationwide database of cases in which cops usage too much pressure, just in 2015 in 2019, the FBI introduced a national use-of-force information collection.

While officers often get assistance from their specific companies, no global collection of rules regulates when officers ought to use pressure or even how much. If there is a limit, this is usually department-based, and also set on a force continuum. There are 5 primary levels of authorities use force which are often found in a force continuum. Additionally, there are 6 main degrees of resistance to take into consideration.

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Continuums need to think about lots of factors. These consist of the private’s resistance degree, the officer/civilian factors and unique aspects as well as the reasonable level of pressure for that scenario.

Several projects as well as organizations shine light on how the use of physical pressure must be limited by police divisions across the country. Among these tasks is Campaign Zero. The Task located that even more restrictive use pressure plans are associated with fewer police included murders.

They have actually offered numerous plan services to much better make use of various other techniques to limit civilians besides the use of extreme force which infringes on basic civil rights. Four main plan options provided in this area by the task were:

  1. Establish standards as well as reporting of police use of lethal force
  2. End traffic associated authorities killings as well as unsafe high speed cops chases
  3. Modify and also enhance regional cops department use of pressure plans
  4. Screen just how authorities use pressure and proactively hold police officers answerable for too much pressure

The task also created a version use of force plan based on evaluation and analysis of reliable use of pressure plans throughout the country. The task explains, “the cops include evidence educated restrictions on authorities use pressure that are developed to dramatically lower cops violence in areas.”

Another job named the “Use of Pressure Project”, integrated a listing of policies used by law enforcement agent across the nation that frequently fail to include restrictions on police force. Nonetheless, these plans are legal, albeit, they often infringe on standard human rights of private citizens across the country – overmuch so with individuals of color. Checking out the 100 biggest authorities divisions in America, the plans they have in the area might surprise you.

Policies Where Police Can Legitimately Infringe on Your Civil Liberties

Right here are some plans that exist throughout some of the greatest authorities departments in America. While these are lawful, they infringe on your civil rights and also stats prove it.

  1. Falling Short to Require Officers to De-Escalate.

44/100 of the police divisions reviewed call for policemans to de-escalate situations where possible prior to making use of force. Using de-escalation tactics consists of verbalization, producing range, time as well as room, tactical reposition and also other approaches whenever feasible instead of utilizing pressure.

  1. Allowing Officers to Choke or Strangle Civilians

28/100 of the police divisions assessed explicitly ban chokeholds and grips or limit these techniques to scenarios where lethal pressure is authorized. This can include carotid restrictions, hog-tying and also carrying individuals face down in a lorry, restraining oxygen to respiratory tracts. Using such a treatment, this is only approved when the aggressor is making use of harmful pressure. As a result, harmful force ought to only be utilized against lethal force in this circumstance when it pertains to chokeholds. This tactic is typically used where much less lethal pressure could be used rather resulting in the unnecessary injury or even fatality of private citizens.

  1. Failing to Require Police Officers to Intervene and also Stop Excessive Pressure

48/100 of the police departments evaluated call for officers to intervene to quit another policeman from utilizing too much force. Significant progression has actually been made in the area of cop’s misconduct in using dangerous force since the 1970’s. This naturally resulted from a reduction in racial disparities. Statistics reveal while in the 1970’s 6 individuals of shade were killed by authorities to one white person, today that number is down to 3 people of color to one white killed. This occurred via more stringent inner policies on the use of harmful pressure. Early treatment systems have also been revealed to reduce the average variety of issues against policemans in a cops department by greater than 50%. This includes reporting policemans who obtain two or even more grievances in a month, who have two or more use of force events in the past quarter, and afterwards calling for police officers to participate in re-training and be kept track of by a prompt manager after their very first quarterly report and also end a police officer complying with several reports

  1. Stopping Working to Restrict Officers From Capturing at Moving Automobiles

17/100 cops departments examined need police officers to provide a verbal warning, when possible, prior to utilizing fatal force. The rule in these instances is typically from the situation Tennessee v. Garner, where for the use of lethal pressure, the officer is warranted in shooting if they reasonably believe they are acting in response to an unavoidable risk of fatality or significant physical injury to themselves or various other persons.

  1. Failing to Develop a Pressure Continuum

84 of the 100 police divisions evaluated have a Force Continuum or Matrix consisted of in their use pressure plan, defining the types of force/weapons that can be used to respond to particular kinds of resistance. Force is sanctioned under details conditions where the police officer is acting in protection or defense of one more person. This policy is important to restrict the sorts of force as well as weapons that can be used to reply to particular kinds of resistance.

  1. Falling Short to Need Policemans to Exhaust All Various Other Sensible Means Prior To Turning To Deadly Force

42/100 authorities departments reviewed require officers to exhaust all various other practical alternatives before resorting to using deadly pressure. Project Zero has produced solutions to this problem. They explain that while cops eliminate numerous unarmed people, European nations do very little of this. Solutions used by the task include developing requirements and also reporting cops use dangerous pressure as well as licensing fatal pressure just when there is an impending threat to a police officer’s life or the life of one more individual.

  1. Failing to Require Police Officers to Provide a Verbal Caution When Feasible Prior To Capturing a Civilian

67/100 of the cops departments reviewed needed the policeman to give a spoken caution, when feasible prior to using deadly pressure. Project Zero has actually also commented on this, explaining that prior to harmful pressure is utilized, the civilian must be provided a practical quantity of time to follow this warning.

  1. Stopping Working to Require Policemans to Record Each Time They Utilize Pressure or Intimidate to Use Pressure Against Civilians

25/100 of all the cops divisions examined require policemans to report all uses of force consisting of endangering an additional private with a weapon. Further than this, Project No commented that the division ought to call for the names of both the policeman( s) involved as well as sufferer( s) to be released within the 72 hrs of deadly force.

8 Circumstances Where Cops Can not Legally Infringe On Your Civil liberties

According to the ACLU, because 9/11, cops have actually seriously misused their power and also have actually infringed on the legal rights of private citizens. Here are some instances of police abusing their power in such a way it legally infringes on your rights.

  1. Warrantless Wiretapping

Using phone conversation of Americans without a warrant is in offense of government laws as well as the Constitution. Eavesdropping on discussions of innocent Americans and wide data mining systems have actually ended up being a bigger problem in the 2000’s.

  1. Torture, Kidnapping and also Detention

While because 9/11, government actors have actually illegally abducted, apprehended and also hurt a variety of prisoners. These stars assert that they have the power to designate any noncombatant including an American as an “opponent fighter” without charge. Investigation right into Apprehension Centers have actually exposed several civil rights misuses as well as violations of International Law.

  1. Security

The USA have been encountering an enormous attack on their personal privacies with an increasing quantity of data collection, storage, tracking and mining. New innovations that have actually included the brand-new centuries have in turn aided to produce a “surveillance culture” of kinds.

  1. Misuse of the Patriot Act

Abuse of this act includes sending letters concerning national security to Americans that have no relationship to terrorism.

  1. Genuine ID

The 2005 Real ID Act laid the foundation for a national ID card, making it harder or persecuted people to seek asylum.

  1. No Fly and also Selectee Lists

The “No-Fly Checklist” was produced to keep tabs on private citizens the government restricts from traveling since those people have been labelled as a security threat. Considering that 9/11, the list has actually grown to consist of virtually 1 million names. The checklist has been kept in mind as erroneous, with many innocent people on the listing for no apparent reason, with little choice. Several members of Congress have additionally been flagged consisting of Legislator Ted Kennedy.

  1. Political Spying

Federal government actors have actually conducted snooping procedures on innocent Americans. Through the Flexibility of Information Act, the ACLU discovered that the government had actually been keeping an eye on relaxed teams. The TALON program which was a database constructed from illegally gathered info of anti-war groups was shut down in 2007.

  1. Abuse of Material Witness Statute

Given that 9/11, federal government stars have jailed and also restrained a variety of law following citizens with the material witness statute which permits the arrest and also brief detention of “material witnesses”. Lots of Muslims have actually been apprehended, and never ever treated as witnesses for crimes in that their testimony was never safeguarded where no efforts were made. Imprisonment of these “material witnesses” was from 6 months to over a year.


Comprehending which rights you have which can and can not be infringed upon in particular instances, it is very important to accumulate data from your local authorities department, to understand how they contrast to various other departments across the nation on vital issues. To locate information, the ACLU has suggested using:

  1. Data Established by Area Citizens
  1. Formal Complaints Filed By Citizens
  1. Interior Cops Reports

Additionally it is necessary to comprehend your local police headquarters’s policies. To do this, refer to their Standard procedure (SOP) manual which contains the division’s official plans. This record should be readily available to the public, as well as if it is not, this is totally unacceptable under many state’s open documents regulations. The division ought to not keep any kind of SOP handbook. Moreover, the department should have an extremely restrictive harmful pressure policy. While a lot of huge city divisions do, small departments have not caught up to the fad. In this manner of community, surveillance must assist hold authorities departments liable to claimed plans, as well as subsequently ideally accomplish much less fierce areas with much less racial variation as a result.


To conclude– understand your legal rights, understand when cops as well as know when government stars can as well as can not infringe upon them legally. Studies show the more plans In position that restrict fierce pressure, even more innocent lives are saved. It is important to investigate your regional police, and also comprehend their standard procedure. Enlighten on your own on their policies. Study the globe of data and also discover how much force they use with violent weapons and also what their method is regarding this.

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The 2020 United States Civil Rights Movement

The Start

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the civil rights movement fought for social justice, mainly for black Americans to achieve equal lawful civil liberties in the USA. The Civil War officially stopped slavery, however not discrimination dealing with the black community. They continued to sustain the overwhelming effects of racism, significantly in the South. Black Americans grew tired of bias as well as physical violence against them. In addition to a number of white Americans, they constructed and also launched a unique battle for equality that went across twenty years.

Throughout Reconstruction, black individuals held leadership duties. They took public office, preferring equality and voting legal rights. The Reconstruction initiative from 1865 to 1877 was to restore the unity of Southern states from the Confederacy, and four million just recently released slaves into America.

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution gave black Americans legal and equivalent protection in 1868, and the 15th Amendment also enabled them to vote in 1870. Yet, various white Americans were bothered that those they had controlled were currently on a kind of equal opportunity.

To diminish blacks, separate them from whites, and remove Reconstruction progression, “Jim Crow” laws were built in the South beginning in the late 19th century. Black individuals were forbidden from accessing the very same towns or institutions as whites. Interracial marriage was illegal. Since they could not pass proficiency tests for the ballot, nearly all black people could not vote.

These regulations were not embraced in the northern states. Nonetheless, blacks ran into discrimination at the workplace or in efforts to purchase a house or get an education. In some states, regulations passed that restricted voting civil liberties for black people.

In 1896 when the United States Supreme Court verified Plessy v. Ferguson for white and black individuals to be “separate but equal,” southern segregation picked up speed.

The Civil Rights Act of 1957

Although all United States residents attained voting rights, various southern states created problems for black Americans. They frequently got people of color to pass confusing proficiency voter examinations that were misleading and consisted of difficult questions.

Showing commitment to the civil liberties activity as well as the reduction of racial pressures in the South, Eisenhower’s administration pressed the U.S. Congress to recognize brand-new civil liberties regulation.

The Civil Rights Act of 1957 was signed into regulation by Eisenhower on September 9, 1957. Because of Reconstruction, this act was the first considerable civil rights regulation that enabled the federal prosecution of individuals who attempted voting avoidance. It likewise produced a commission to review voter fraudulence.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964

Lyndon B. Johnson authorized regulation released by Head of state John F. Kennedy prior to his assassination on July 2, 1964. The act stated equivalent employment for all, constrained citizen literacy tests, and granted federal authorities the right to make sure public centers were integrated.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965

Progressing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 right into law on August 6, 1965, which prohibited the citizen proficiency tests and granted government supervisors in particular voting territories. The act additionally let the attorney general contest regional as well as state poll taxes, leading to the taxes later being unconstitutional in 1966 when it comes to Harper v. Virginia State Board of Elections.

The Civil Rights Act of 1968

The Civil Rights Act of 1968, or the “Fair Housing Act,” provided equivalent real estate chances regardless of national origin, creed, or race. It additionally illegalized the disturbance of housing chances as well as legal rights.

The Beginning of a New Civil Liberty Motion

A Contrast of Past and Present

The Black Lives Matter movement objections following the authorities’ killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery remind Margaret Burnham of 1968. At that time, the public reaction to the murder of Martin Luther King Jr., coupled with continuous civil rights and Vietnam War disputes, drove America further into turmoil.

Burnham is a respected university professor of law at Northeastern University School of Law and the director of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project.

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“This is taking place in a world that is not only deeply fractured, but also deeply fragile because of the coronavirus, the economic crisis that makes the country look a little bit like 1929, and the existential threat of climate change,” Burnham stated. “It’s everything collapsing all around us.

“People who are taking to the streets are doing so not just because they never thought they would see a lynching played out on video,” she says of Floyd, who died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. “But it’s also because they sense that there is no real plan either to face and defeat the virus or to acknowledge and defeat the pandemic of racism in this country.

“This is what has led to the frustration, as it has in the past.”

Black Lives Matter

Founded in 2013, Black Lives Matter was birthed in action to Trayvon Martin’s murderer’s pardon. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc has a mission “to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.”

The new motion is effective yet scattered, linked by the pressure of social networks. A Twitter hashtag can link the destinies of those shot by police, going beyond local boundaries as well as time zones. A publicly shared Facebook post can plan protests or events.

Young protesters are sometimes mindful of being called the new civil rights movement because the label cripples the stressful fact of what is being faced by black Americans and since the new motion has not grown.

“Social media plays a big part in everything. I find out information, I put it on Twitter, it starts trending the more people talk about it, and then the institutions start feeling the pressure,” Kwame Rose, a young Baltimore civil rights protester, says.

Kwame’s father informed him at a young age about civil liberties history. Now, he understood he was battling the same fight. Kwame quotes James Baldwin by clarifying: “To be black and conscious in America is to be in a constant state of rage.”

“I see what’s being done, and I’m mad about it,” he proclaimed.

Departments are reasonable as a motion creates. Alicia Garza, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, reveals just how the organization has actually been pieced apart by teams who have looked for to change the movement’s message to proclaim that “All Lives Matter.”

“The reality, of course, is that they do,” she says, “but we live in a world where some lives matter more than others. ‘All Lives Matter’ effectively neutralizes the fact that its black people who are fighting for their lives right now.

“I have to be honest, I feel like I live in a constant state of rage, and I think a lot of black people do… It’s more than depressing to me. It makes me angry, particularly when people try to deny it’s happening.”

The Fatality of George Floyd

Who was George Floyd?

George Floyd lived as a 46-year-old papa, investing the majority of his life in Houston, Texas. Charged in 2007 with armed robbery, Floyd took part in a home invasion in Houston. In 2009, he started an appeal bargain punishing him to five years behind bars. Several years later, Floyd looked for a fresh start. Unemployed, he relocated to Minneapolis to obtain work, settling as a truck driver and bouncer. Before the man’s death, he functioned as a security guard at Conga Latin Restaurant, an American Latin dining establishment, in the city. Nevertheless, because of the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, he was left out of work.

Why was Floyd detained in Minneapolis?

Officers replied to a call on May 25 from a store worker who declared Floyd made use of a phony $20 expense to purchase cigarettes. The store’s owner Mike Abumayyaleh told an information source that Floyd consistently pertained to the store as well as never triggered concerns.

What was Floyd’s cause of death?

On June 1, a medical supervisor noted Floyd’s fatality as a homicide, specifying that his heart stopped as the cops pressed on his neck and also held him.

According to info from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office, the cause of death was kept in mind as “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression.”

“[Floyd] experienced a cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by law enforcement officer(s),” it concluded. Listed under “other significant conditions,” the office stated Floyd suffered from heart disease and hypertension. Also recorded were fentanyl intoxication and the recent use of methamphetamine. These determinants were not classified under Floyd’s cause of death.

A different postmortem examination sent for Floyd’s household also explained his death as a homicide, ending that asphyxiation because of back and neck compression was the cause of death. The postmortem examination discovered the compression stopped blood flow to his brain as well as made it difficult for Floyd to breathe.

Who are the officers associated with Floyd’s death?

Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J.Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao were the 4 Minneapolis officers who were present when Floyd was restrained. Chauvin was seen in the viral video footage stooping on the man’s neck.

Chauvin, charged with third-degree murder as well as second-degree homicide, and also his undesirable act of restriction caused protests throughout the globe, later obtaining a charge upgrade to second-degree murder.


The other three law enforcement officers were fired the day following his death. Not at first charged, the 3 are now charged with second-degree wrongful death and aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

Subsequent Riots

Tuesday, May 26

Numerous people engulfed the streets of the same crime scene on Tuesday to oppose Floyd’s fatality. Yells of “I can’t breathe,” echoed.

“We’re here to let them know this can’t be tolerated, there will be severe consequences if they continue to kill us this will not go on another day,” one demonstrator proclaimed.

At around 6 P.M., the rally transformed into a journey towards the 3rd Precinct. People started rioting, ruining the building as well as squad cars, and damaging windows.

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“It’s real ugly. The police have to understand that this is the climate they have created, this is the climate they created,” an additional protester responded.

Police officers consequently showed up in riot equipment, hurling tear gas as well as flash explosives as demonstrators threw rocks, water bottles, and more products at the Minnesota officers. The fierce crowd was measured in the hundreds.

Wednesday, May 27

Authorities released the identifications of the 4 officers involved in the death of Floyd: Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J.Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao.

President Joan Gabel of the University of Minnesota declared they would certainly no longer contract with the police department for law enforcement support during considerable events or for specialized services.

George Floyd’s fatality stayed under examination by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.

Communities requested charges against the four policemen after they were fired Tuesday.

Thursday, Might 28

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With remains of burned cars and also structures, vandalized companies, and fires still ablaze in cities throughout America, firefighters and police functioned relentlessly to continue to remain order as well as safety.

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President Donald Trump reacted to the third night of looting and rioting on Thursday.

“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” President Trump tweeted.

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Various businesses were set on fire by rioters striking the 3rd Precinct. Jacob Frey, Minneapolis Mayor, announced it was his arrangement for cops to evacuate the district.

“The symbolism of a building cannot outweigh the importance of lives of our officers or the public, we could not risk serious injury to anyone,” Frey stated. “Brick and mortar is not as important as life.”

Friday, May 29

Derek Chauvin, the police officer that knelt on George Floyd’s neck, was jailed on May 29.

With solid connections to the neighborhood, Ellen Vanden Branden and also Erin Horvath voluntarily helped to sweep charred timber, busted glass, and also various other debris outside of a burnt-out structure on East Lake Street in Minneapolis on Friday, May 29.

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Protesters erected a barricade, obstructing traffic on I-35W on Friday, and tried to pull items from the back of a UPS vehicle.

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Saturday, May 30

3 people were shot, and one died among riots in Indianapolis on Saturday. One officer sustained injuries.

Kyle O. and Andy Murphy of Boy Scout Troop 196, functioned to remove debris beyond a store near the 5th Precinct District in Minneapolis after one more evening of riots on Saturday.

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Numerous Seattle police vehicles were set on fire as the troubles raged. Near Westlake Center, press reporters filmed cars ablaze around 4:00 P.M. local time.


A Los Angeles Police Department booth burned in The Grove shopping mall.


Sunday, May 31

Andrew Johnson aided to clean a looted Target store on Sunday. He said, “It was destroying me to see the community like this, so I wanted to do something.”

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A National Guard soldier, together with locals, aided to clean up wreckage at a fast-food restaurant that was damaged in the Minneapolis riots.

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25 cities in 16 states enforced curfews. The National Guard had likewise appeared in 12 states and also the District of Columbia.

During demonstrations on Sunday, Lexington, Kentucky, police officers clad in riot equipment knelt as well as prayed with protesters, some embracing the demonstrators.

According to division spokesperson Brenna Angel, adhering to the protesters’ urge for officers to kneel, Lexington Police Chief Lawrence Weathers initially took a knee.


“It was a beautiful thing,” youth protester Devine Carama notified CNN.

Tuesday, June 2

Over the death of George Floyd, the state of Minnesota submitted a charge against the Minneapolis Police Department. It would explore interaction in prejudiced methods.

Wednesday, June 3

Hennepin County District Attorney Mike Freeman and Attorney General Keith Ellison announced a charge of second-degree murder had been filed against Chauvin in addition to previous charges. The 3 former police officers involved were charged and taken into custody.

Friday, June 5

Washington, D.C., named a street, painting “Black Lives Matter” on the road leading to the White House.

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Monday, June 8

In Seattle, protesters forced authorities out of a whole community block.

On Monday, the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) or the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) was birthed.

The stand-off resulted from a conflict with cops after numerous tries at containing the location.

Saturday, June 13

A Rhode Island school teacher, in addition to two people, were arrested after ruining a monument of Columbus. The 3 were charged with conspiracy and desecration of a grave/monument.

Friday, June 19

Hundreds of people marched Friday in observance of Juneteenth, which “commemorates the U.S. abolition of slavery under President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, belatedly announced by a Union army in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, after the Civil War ended.”

Feelings rose in Atlanta, where Rayshard Brooks was killed by a cop at a fast-food restaurant on June 12. The Atlanta police officer was fired and charged with murder.

Sunday, June 28

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a St. Louis couple, are being explored by neighborhood law enforcement after being seen in a video clip brandishing weapons at their house after rioters broke through gates of their private neighborhood.

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Under Missouri’s Castle Doctrine, “a person has the right, has the absolute unmitigated right to protect his or her castle or family while on their property,” the McCloskeys’ attorney Albert Watkins claimed. “And in this particular fact situation, you have individuals who are acting on private property, trespassing as lawbreakers onto private property, damaging and destroying private property and acting in a threatening and hostile fashion, such as to give rise to what any human being would consider to be placing them in a position of abject horror and certainly in a position of feeling in fear of imminent harm.”

Based upon the information, police noted the occurrence as a case of trespassing and assault by intimidation.

Watkins stated the McCloskeys have actually been practicing law for greater than thirty years and “their practices have included, on an ongoing basis, representing individuals in pursuit of protection of their civil rights.”

“I do civil rights cases. Right now, I’m representing a young man who was assaulted by the police who is sitting in prison right now for being involved in a car accident after which the police came in and assaulted him. It’s on video,” Mr. McCloskey claimed. “I mean, I have on the wall of my conference room, I’ve got an anti-slavery broadsheet, the abolitionist broadsheet from 1832. It’s been there as long as I’ve owned this building.”

Saturday, July 4

Independence Day was likewise a day of protest in Minneapolis. “We’re the free people of America, and we’re here to try to really change the country,” Royce White, a 10K Foundation associate, specified. Lots of individuals took part in “The Black 4th.” They assembled on bikes, skateboards, and rollerblades to call for reforms with the country’s immigration plan and also change following Floyd’s death.


“A large focus of today is on the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement),” said one person named Pryih. “With what’s going on, particularly at the border and in the concentration camps, and how we feel how that fundamentally goes against basic human rights.” 

Now What?

The George Floyd demonstrations are familiar to preceding demonstrations. By the third week, protests spread to around 650 cities across America.

The demonstrations are development for those requiring justice for Floyd, police reform, yet an overhaul of the justice system in America.

Racial views have mixed over the last 4 years, and also the New York Times records: According to a new study from Monmouth University, 57% of Americans believe that police are using excessive force against African Americans, compared to just 34% of registered voters in 2016 after the police shooting of Alton Sterling.

According to research, individuals of any kind of color are most likely to be eliminated by police, with black men, American Indians, as well as Latinos the most in danger.

It is reasonably very early to describe what takes place next. Racism requires policy changes, from real estate as well as transport to food security, which some claim remains low on the concerns of the USA. The current momentum prolongs hope that perhaps this age will be different.

The physical, emotional, economic, as well as legal effects of police brutality can be staggering. We put much trust on the authorities, and a betrayal of that trust should not go unrecognized or un-pursued. Our police brutality lawyers will not allow that.

At The Cochran Firm, we will be there for you. Our lawyers will listen to your story and advise you on how best to proceed with your claim.

The Cochran Firm built its reputation on the back of its civil rights and police brutality cases. Our founder, Johnnie L. Cochran, made his name in Louisiana and Los Angeles, representing those mistreated and wronged by the police. He believed in serving those wronged, no matter who they were and where they came from. As his status grew, his principles remained the same – stay humble, work fervently, and help those in need. Long after our founder’s passing, his principles live on in the Firm he built.

If you have been mistreated or wronged, a lawyer can help. Please call The Cochran Firm’s 24/7 call center today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (673-1555) or send us a message on our website.

The History of American Police Brutality

The Start of Policing


In the U.S., the evolution of police followed England. Early colony patrolling functioned in two formal and communal styles, known as the “Watch” system, or private-for-profit policing, named “The Big Stick.” The watch system involved area volunteers whose primary engagement was to report a crisis. Boston established a night watch in 1636, New York in 1658, and Philadelphia in 1700. Still, this was not an efficient means of crime control. Watchmen commonly drank or slept on the job. Many “volunteers” tried to evade military service, were commanded by draft into duty by their town, or operated watch services as a sort of discipline. In 1833, Philadelphia built the first day watch. Then in 1844, New York began a day watch as an extension to its new police unit. The developing watch system was a practice of official law enforcement officers, constables, typically backed by the fee system for warrants.

Constables had numerous non-law enforcement roles to perform, such as assisting as land surveyors and validating the correctness of weights and capacities. In multiple cities, they held the charge of commanding the activities of the night watch. These means of policing served much after the American Revolution. In the 1830s, the first notion of a centralized community police department appeared. Boston authorized the original American police force in 1838. New York City accompanied this in 1845, Albany, NY and Chicago in 1851, New Orleans and Cincinnati in 1853, Philadelphia in 1855, and Newark, NJ and Baltimore in 1857. All vital American centers possessed local police divisions by the 1880s. These newest police systems yielded similar styles:

  1. Bureaucratic
  2. Backed by the public
  3. Full-time, constant employees
  4. Set systems and practices
  5. Subject to necessary governmental authority

New United States police organizations had two principal elements: they were reputably corrupt and blatantly cruel. Local politicians continued with the authority of the police. In most regions, the home political party ward lead selected the police official to control the ward leader’s community. The ward leader usually was the neighborhood tavern keeper, occasionally the area vendor for gambling and prostitution, and generally the governing power over the area’s juvenile gangs who were employed to threaten adversary party balloters. With poor habits, political crime, and coordinated frenzy, it was known that the policemen were wicked. Police typically accepted payoffs to support illegal drinking, hustling, and gambling. They organized master criminals such as robbers and pickpockets to grant protection in trade for news or bribes. They also actively engaged in vote-buying and ballot-box-stuffing. Genuine political operatives displaced to police officers with zero qualifications and limited training. Police department advances were not won. Instead, they were bought. Police drank alcohol while watching, defended vice actions, and were keen to employ oppressive authority. These modern U.S. police units met three controversies:

  1. Should they dress in uniform?
  2. Should they carry guns?
  3. How much power could they apply?

Neighborhood traders and industry people spurred the advancement of community policing and favored uniformed police. The thought was for clear distinguishment by individuals seeking aid, and apparent police occupancy on neighborhood streets. Some police denied wearing a uniform, considering that it would provoke ridicule and display themselves as clearly identifiable targets for violence. Police officers started bearing sidearms, notwithstanding the public’s concern that doing such gave significant power to the police and state. Departments formally armed their police authorities after officers had informally brandished firearms themselves.

In the 1830s and 1840s, use-of-force in apprehension was as controversial as it is today. Because officers were mainly involved in implementing public order laws upon drunkenness and gambling, irritating labor organizers, and surveilling liberated slaves and immigrants, the public’s view supported limitations on use-of-force. However, the advantage of an armed presence allowed to apply deadly force followed the interests of economic elites who fancied established police departments. The troops were believed crucial because the “organizations intervened between the propertied elites and propertyless masses who were regarded as politically dangerous as a class.” From the derivation, police in the United States have been confined to the economy’s desires and demands.

As for the modern-day, it emerges probable that new weight on technology and science, expressly regarding scrutiny of citizens, and on neighborhood appeasement through policing in communities, will replay the downfalls of history as the ways of the future. Today’s stories of police harshness are not a modern phenomenon.


Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1963, said, “There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, ‘When will you be satisfied?” This message continues to reverberate in modern times after a lengthy past of brutal encounters between black Americans and police. “We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.”

“This idea of police brutality was very much on people’s minds in 1963, following on the years, decades really, of police abuse of power and then centuries of oppression of African-Americans,” says William Pretzer, Smithsonian museum senior history curator.

Social media and live streams have progressed police brutality incidents beyond the black population and mainstream interpretations. “Modern technology allows, indeed insists, that the white community take notice of these kinds of situations and incidents,” Pretzer says.

As technology has evolved, so has the means of law enforcement. Departments with substantial militant equipment are presented as standard in U.S. neighborhoods. “What we see is a continuation of an unequal relationship that has been exacerbated, made worse if you will, by the militarization and the increase in fire power of police forces around the country,” Pretzer claims. According to the curator, the answers lie in correcting troubled police-community relations and crushing social inequalities.

If you’ve been the victim of police brutality, a personal injury lawyer can help. Please call The Cochran Firm’s 24/7 call center today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (673-1555) or send us a message on our website.

Daily News Egypt


Deaths by police officers are progressively prominent as a political issue. After examining records from the Chicago Police Department from the 1870s to the 1920s, historian Jeffrey S. Adler found that these killings are not new incidents. During the times records cover, police in Chicago killed 307 individuals, factoring one in eighteen killings in the city.

Throughout the late nineteenth century, police officers’ responsibilities in Chicago were to preserve order, serve alongside reputably corrupt officials, and set down the labor crisis. Officers managed leeway on how to achieve these expectations. In Illinois, criminal law warranted using deadly force in self-defense, to prevent riots that endanger officers, or to deter suspects from fleeing.

However, during the first dates of Adler’s examinations, police cruelty was mainly limited to the overflowing use of clubs. Chicago Police Department officers exterminated around 49 people from 1875 to 1900. This number grew to 65 during the first decade of the 20th century. In the 1910s, it rose to 153. An escalation in violent crime serves to explain the increase in police brutality. Chicago’s homicide percentage almost doubled from 1890 to 1920.

Additionally, the nature of cruelty changed. Through the 1870s and ’80s, most murders resulted from drunken arguments. By 1900, homicides were more inclined to result from robberies concerning numerous middle-class victims. 3% of Chicago’s community and 21% of death by police victims within 1910 and 1920 were Black Americans.

Adler registers that among political stress to exert force on criminals and officers’ answers to “a racially different and seemingly more alien, dangerous class of criminals,” the police often discharged weapons at suspects to hinder escape. This was the single explanation that the police presented for shooting weapons in 41% of police murders from 1890 to 1920. They shot loiterers, thieves, and purse-snatchers. Police also slew bystanders by firing their guns into crowds or confusing the suspect’s identity, which accounted for 1 in 10 slayings by police.

A police officer murdered a child by shooting him in 1910 after mistaking his identity. The police chief unveiled that the boy “probably was large for his age.” This response is analogous to those we receive today.


During the 1950s and 60s, the civil rights action confronted police cruelty and further racial discrimination and segregation, alongside the opposition to the Jim Crow systems in the South. In Detroit, black Americans endured unfairness through a segregated housing market and free schools, discriminatory hiring practices, and racist policing.

Wayne State University

Brutality fixed on black Americans by police officers in Detroit and additional places in the Jim Crow North was rooted in progressive police of racial power. Sometimes, the Detroit Police Department operated illegally, such as unlawful investigative arrests, racial profiling, and actively resisted civil rights requests for a civilian review board to review police cruelty. The department additionally and illegally put labor and civil rights organizations, like the NAACP, beneath political monitoring through the “‘Red Squad,’ a parallel to the Jim Crow South that has received insufficient attention.”

“We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality,” said Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963. “We want an immediate end to police brutality and murder of black people,” was covered within the ten points in the 1966 Black Panther Party Platform.


In 1973, Robert Hoyt rear-ended Raymond Peterson on a highway in Detroit, Michigan. Hoyt allegedly fell asleep while driving home after a late night at work. Peterson, a police officer in an unmarked vehicle, considered the crash was a planned action. Gary Prochorow, Peterson’s partner, witnessed the collision while operating his own unmarked car.

Prochorow also believed the event was intended. After sounding out of his vehicle for Hoyt to pull over, Prochorow fired at Hoyt from his car. Hoyt left the highway in a panic, with the officers trailing closely behind. Eventually, he was left with no alternative but to surrender following an exit ramp. Peterson exited his car and assumed Hoyt reached for a firearm under his seat. “My reaction was instinctive, sharp like a scalpel,” Peterson claimed. “Boom. He went down.”

However, Hoyt was unarmed. Peterson cut his jacket with a knife, cleaned it of fingerprints, and flung it near the crime scene. Hoyt was shot in the abdomen and later pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

In a 1971 Detroit Free Press profile, Peterson was defined as seeming “more like a radical college professor or folk singer than what he is—a Detroit policeman who has probably been part of more violence in recent months than any other cop in the country.” Hoyt was the 10th gun death that Peterson issued across two years.

STRESS, as the police system became noted, unveiled to be an excessive and lawless authority. In 1961, Peterson became a Detroit Police Department officer at 25 years old. During his first years, he was accountable for six injuries and gained 41 citations and commendations. Peterson was chosen in 1971 to enroll in an elite, deeply undercover unit within the agency. The organization fought crime on city roads, but grew wicked in distinguished Detroit’s communities, resembling a killer team. As knowledge about Peterson’s murders broadcasted, he was denounced by some of the city’s occupants and backed by his associates.


In March of 1991, four officers were caught on videotape beating Rodney King after tracking him through Los Angeles, California. The video and results that followed frightened the city and moved the nation. This footage of police cruelty was one of the first of its kind and enduringly altered discussion about race and policing in the United States.

King sped while intoxicated and strived to elude LAPD officers. Numerous units, including a helicopter, trailed him, ultimately forcing the man to cease his retreat. The video filmed by George Holliday reveals the officers applying tasers while kicking and beating the man with batons more than 50 times.

Hammer Museum

“King claims, and several witnesses support him, that he never resisted,” Jerry Bowen, CBS News correspondent, declared. “Twenty-five-year-old Rodney King showed his injuries to reporters — the bruises, broken leg, and the scar from the stun gun which jolted him with 50,000 bolt shocks.”

In April of 1992, officers Timothy Wind, Laurence Powell, Stacey Koon, and Theodore Briseno went to trial and were acquitted by a mostly Caucasian jury. The following days in Los Angeles were loaded with arson, looting, riots, and extreme violence. In a press conference carried out by Rodney King, he begged, “can we all get along?” By the conclusion of the riots, there were over two thousand injuries and 55 deaths.

President George Bush declared the officers’ actions “sickening” and faced violent riots, describing rioters as “revolting.” King settled for $3.8 million and encountered several disputes with police as the years progressed. In 2011, he was detected driving while under the influence. King died in the pool in his backyard in 2012 with evidence of marijuana, PCP, cocaine, and alcohol in his system.


In 2011, St. Louis officer Jason Stockley shot Anthony Lamar Smith after he fled. Stockley considered the man was dealing drugs. After Stockley was reported announcing he was “going to kill this motherf—er,” he was charged in 2016. In 2017, he was acquitted of first-degree murder. Stockley announced he saw a gun prior to shooting, which was considered legally justified.

Stockley’s acquittal sparked riots in St. Louis that launched police units dressed in riot gear following rioters throwing rocks and breaking windows. Protesters proceeded to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s residence but were halted by officers. The authorities resorted to rubber bullets fired at the crowd and securing hundreds of arrests.

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In 2013, the department completed a lawsuit for wrongful death with the family of Smith for $900,000. However, Stockley never got jail time. A judge in 2018 allowed the lawyer for Smith’s family to resume discovery in the case after learning the defendants had stored evidence of DNA that conferred Stockley had planted a firearm in Smith’s car. The family was awarded an additional $500,000 a year later.


In Baton Rouge, two officers took Alton Sterling to the ground after responding to an anonymous call reporting Sterling for loitering outside a store to sell CDs. After sounding that Sterling had a gun, officer Salamoni shot him dead. The officers contended Sterling was a threat, concluding that he reached for his firearm. However, the video reveals Sterling motionless before being killed. Protests arose in Baton Rouge following Sterling’s murder, where multiple demonstrators were arrested. The Department Of Justice instated an investigation of civil rights into the occurrence. Salamoni was laid off, but none of the officers were charged.



In Minnesota, police responded to a call of resident George Floyd using counterfeit money. Derek Chauvin and three other police officers escalated the disturbance in an attempt to apprehend Floyd. With Chauvin pinning Floyd down, footage from bystanders shook the nation. Before his death, Floyd repeatedly sounded that he could not breathe. An autopsy later showed “asphyxiation from sustained pressure.” Another report associated heart disease to his death. All involved officers were fired and charged. Protests, violent riots, looting, murders, and arson developed instantly across the U.S., growing into a public revolution over police cruelty.


What About Now?

Most police officers are committed and ethical. They work a difficult, life-threatening job, and their days are extraordinarily stressful. However, police officers also exercise a great deal of control over the lives of the people they interact with, and an abuse of this power is particularly egregious. The personal injury lawyers at The Cochran Firm have experience helping the innocent victims of police brutality pursue justice and compensation.

The physical, emotional, financial, and legal consequences of police brutality can be staggering. We place a lot of trust in the police, and a betrayal of that trust should not go unacknowledged or un-pursued. Our police brutality lawyers will not allow that.

At The Cochran Firm, we will be there for you. Our police brutality lawyers will listen to your story and advise you on how best to proceed with your claim.

If you’ve been the victim of police brutality, a personal injury lawyer can help. Please call The Cochran Firm’s 24/7 call center today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (673-1555) or send us a message on our website.