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Man wrongly jailed for 15 months until this video proved cop had lied

A wrongly imprisoned Dallas man, who just won his $1.1 million lawsuit against the city, would still be in jail if not for the discovery of video evidence, which proved that his arresting officer had attacked him and lied about it.

In December of 2009, Dallas police Officer Matthew Antkowiak was dispatched to break up a fight between two white men. But on his way to the scene, he saw a black man, 62-year-old Ronald Jones, crossing the street. Antkowiak claimed that Jones was throwing beer bottles. He stopped his car and approached Jones. According to the officer, Jones tried to choke him, provoking a fight that lasted until other officers arrived.

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Video That Has Sparked a Heated Debate Over Definition of a ‘Lawful Arrest’ 

River Ridge man seen being arrested by a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Officedeputy in a video that has gone viral on Facebook said he is the victim of an unlawful arrest. Donrell Breaux, 26, also questioned the relationship between the responding deputy and the neighbor with which he had a dispute.

“I knew he (the deputy) was a personal friend (of the neighbor),” Breaux said, “and I thought it was an unlawful arrest. I don’t have to submit to an unlawful arrest.”

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on Thursday (April 3) morning left a message on the answering machine of a man that Breaux identified as being the neighbor in question.

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Feds probe Albuquerque camper shooting as police rethink use of force

The standoff in the Sandia foothills between gun-pointing police officers and a homeless camper with a small knife was by all accounts intense. But the FBI has now launched a criminal probe into why Albuquerque police officers on the scene killed the man, James Boyd, as he appeared to be giving up.

Dealing with potential violence is part of daily police work, and officers are afforded wide latitude by the courts to protect themselves and others. They’re usually not held liable if they make an adrenaline-fueled mistake.

But given a rash of questionable police shootings in Albuquerque and beyond, the camper shooting is now bringing even more pressure on police to change their training and tactics, particularly to include more precise threat-gauging and offering more options to deescalate tense situations.

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