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Assignment Questions

Civil Liability

You are a mayor of a large city. The police department in your city has several complaints filed in the past year with Internal Affairs about certain police practices. As a mayor you are concerned that these complaints may turn into lawsuits against the city that could potentially cost millions of dollars. You have never had to deal with a lawsuit against the city and its police department. You want to understand more about the nature of civil liability associated with policing. You call the police chief into your office and give him an assignment to prepare a report answering the following points:

? What are some of the more common reasons why people sue a police department?

? Can someone sue the police in a state and federal court? Explain.

? What is the harm caused when someone sues a police department?
? How can civil liability be reduced?

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