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NCJ Number: 35936 Find in a Library
Title: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN POLICE CIVIL LIABILITY
Journal: JOURNAL OF POLICE SCIENCE AND ADMINISTRATION  Volume:4  Issue:2  Dated:(JUNE 1976)  Pages:197-202
Author(s): W W SCHMIDT
Corporate Author: Northwestern University
School of Law
Managing Editor
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Northwestern University
Chicago, IL 60611
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: JUDICIAL DECISIONS AND TRENDS RELATING TO CIVIL LIABILITY OF POLICE OFFICERS ARE REVIEWED.
Abstract: ONE TREND SEEN IS THAT OF HOLDING POLICE CHIEFS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF SUBORDINATES. TERMED VICARIOUS RESPONSIBILITY, SEVEN THEORIES ARE PRESENTED FOR THIS TREND - NEGLIGENT APPOINTMENT, NEGLIGENT RETENTION, NEGLIGENT ASSIGNMENT, AND NEGLIGENT ASSIGNMENT OF UNFIT OFFICERS, AS WELL AS LACK OF NECESSARY TRAINING, FAILURE TO PROPERLY SUPERVISE, AND FAILURE TO DIRECT. A TREND IS ALSO SEEN IN AWARDS TO PLAINTIFFS DESPITE THE EXISTENCE OF STATUTES WHICH SEEM TO PROTECT THE OFFICER, WHEN THOSE STATUTES ARE DEEMED UNFAIR. THE ISSUES OF MUNICIPLE INDEMNITY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF ARE ALSO TREATED.
Index Term(s): Abuse of authority; Civil liability; Judicial decisions; Police legal limitations
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