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Title: Police Plaintiff: Making the System Work for Law Enforcement
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:56  Issue:9  Dated:(September 1989)  Pages:16-19
Author(s): J P Manak
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Public safety personnel are increasingly becoming plaintiffs in lawsuits filed against individuals who assault them or otherwise put them in danger and against individuals who make defamatory statements verbally or in print.
Abstract: The lawsuits involving assault have often been successful, although recovery in defamation cases is difficult if the plaintiff is a public figure. In some cases the filing of direct claims against individuals lead to counterclaims, which are sometimes successful. A major barrier to recovery by public safety is the "fireman's rule" adopted by the majority of States. This rule states that these personnel cannot normally recover for negligence leading to injury to them when they are confronting the normal and foreseeable risks of their profession. Other barriers to recovery may relate to workers' compensation issues. Descriptions of judicial decisions in sample cases.
Main Term(s): Assaults on police
Index Term(s): Complaints against police; Lawsuits; Litigation causes; Police responsibilities; Police-citizen interactions
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