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Piercing sound can be excessive police force, federal court rules

A powerful speaker that’s capable of causing hearing damage and is used by a growing number of police around the world isn’t merely a “communication device” but, potentially, an instrument of ... read more

NYPD Use Of Sound Cannons For Crowd Dispersal Can Qualify As Excessive Force, Judge Rules

The NYPD's use of a sound cannon against nonviolent protesters can indeed be considered excessive force, a federal appeals ... nonviolent protesters. The court did not find this argument persuasive. ... read more

NYPD sound cannons may be excessive force, judge rules

A lawsuit regarding the New York Police Department’s use of sound cannons can move forward after a federal judge ruled Wednesday that it may be considered a form of excessive force ... number,” Judge ... read more

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7 rules to prevent 'excessive use-of-force' accusations

How do we protect the many officers who have been falsely accused of excessive force and then ... Make sure you can talk about these in a confident, knowledgeable manner. Don’t use words you don’t ... read more

NYPD must face lawsuit over 'sound cannons' at protests: judge

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York City Police Department failed to persuade a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit claiming it used excessive force by employing military-grade sound cannons, which can ... read more

Excessive force not a problem in the D.C. police force, but issues remain

Nearly a decade after the Justice Department ended its oversight of D.C. police, the use of excessive force ... federal oversight has been examined to determine if any of the reforms remain. Bromwich ... read more

Noise as a Weapon? Police Use of Sound Cannons Questioned

About 1 a.m. on Dec. 5, 2014, the police used a model called the 100X to emit a series of sharp, piercing ... Sweet of Federal District Court in Manhattan wrote, adding, “It can be plausibly inferred ... read more

Protester claims cop noise cannon caused him partial hearing loss

Police use LRADs as loudspeakers to give crowds directions and to emit pulsating shrieks that force people to cover their ears and run to escape the noise. "The LRAD is more a sound weapon ... and/or ... read more

City Settles Excessive Force Cases for $170,000

The snapping sound of Cotledge’s arm can ... trial in federal court in Los Angeles, Tudor, the Police Department and the city itself would get hammered. Said one City Hall insider, “Los Angeles juries ... read more

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