David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy

Professor Schwartz Quoted in The Atlantic's CityLab about Civil Damages and Police Officers

December 4, 2014 – Professor Joanna Schwartz is quoted in The Atlantic’s CityLab about taxpayers paying the bill for civil compensation when police officers are sued.

Joanna Schwartz of UCLA Law School, who's analyzed police misconduct cases across the country, has found that police officers are "virtually always indemnified" against civil damages. As a result, she writes in a recent paper in the New York University Law Review, "taxpayers almost always satisfy both compensatory and punitive damages awards entered against their sworn servants." Schwartz tells CityLab she expects the Garner case to be no different.

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