has submitted evidence from which a reasonable jury could conclude that there is a widespread persistent pattern of unconstitutional conduct, that defendant commissioners are deliberately indifferent to or have tacitly approved such conduct, and that she sustained injury as a result."Injury" is a mild word for what happened to her (but more on that in a second).
result[ed]in four days of hospitalization. The physical injuries to [SL] resulting from this beating included a punctured lung, air around the heart, and multiple bruises, including bruises around the neck due to choking.Oh yeah, by the way: She was pregnant with his child at the time. They both knew it, too.
does not assert that the St. Louis police department fails to investigate police misconduct but, rather, that the commissioners have failed to take effective action in response to a known problem. She cites 23 instances of false reporting in the five-year period before her arrest in which SLMPD officers were found to have submitted false reports to conceal unlawful conduct, including planting evidence, committing perjury, drug dealing, accepting bribes and falsifying information in search warrants.... the officers involved in these cases do not appear in IAD reports, suggesting that they were never investigated.
commissioners are not informed about IAD investigations unless and until an officer appeals a decision.... In addition to remaining ignorant of individual cases of alleged wrongdoing, there is evidence that commissioners are not informed even in summary form of the number and subject of IAD investigations.... Plaintiff argues that defendants' failure to reform their practices amounts to deliberate indifference.If the parties don't settle, that "deliberate indifference" will be a matter for a "reasonable jury" to decide.
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