11 Jun How often do local prosecutors prosecute police for excessive force?
How often do local prosecutors prosecute police for using excessive force? Local prosecutors rely on police to work with them as a team, probably making many of them think twice about prosecuting police for excessive force with suspects while on duty. When local prosecutors do not act, federal prosecutors might step in.
On June 10, 2014, a Prince George’s County, Maryland, jury convicted now-former police officer Johnny Riley for felony assault and handgun use in a crime of violence (carrying a minimum of five years in prison) — acquitting him of attempted murder — for shooting handcuffed car theft arrestee Kalvin Kyle in the back as Kyle ran away from Riley. The gunshot has paralyzed Mr. Kyle to this day.
I believe in Mr. Riley’s rights as a criminal defendant as much as I believe in all criminal defendants’ rights. I started my criminal defense career in Prince George’s County in 1991. The county borders Washington, D.C. to the east and southeast. Its police force has faced a plethora of police brutality claims over several decades.