Where to file a Philadelphia police misconduct suit.

Recently, a colleague queried a local criminal justice listserve for advice on filing a police unreasonable force case in Pennsylvania state court in Philadelphia. I responded with some advice and observations on the pros and cons of filing in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (the First Judicial District or “FJD”), versus seven blocks east in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. This blog post collects and expands upon our email exchange.

The incident at issue involved allegations that Philadelphia police officers beat a suspect.  When their further investigation cleared him of the initial criminal allegations, they left him on the street without arresting him or transporting him for medical treatment. There were officers on the scene who did not participate in the beating, but merely stood by without intervening. The proposed plaintiff suffered bruises, contusions, abrasions and broken teeth. He took himself to the hospital, where he was treated and released. He did not have medical insurance and did not receive follow-up treatment. His injuries have resolved, other than his teeth.

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Yatvin’s Pennsylvania Super Lawyer selection reaches a dozen

The 2015 list of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers includes Alan L. Yatvin of the Philadelphia Law Firm Popper & Yatvin.  This is Yatvin’s 12th year of being honored, having been named a Super Lawyer every year since the program’s 2004 inception. The Super Lawyer distinction is given to only a very small percentage of Pennsylvania‘s attorneys … Read more

Mayor names Yatvin to Philadelphia Police Community Oversight Board

On April 17, 2015, Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter named Popper & Yatvin partner Alan L. Yatvin to the newly created Police Community Oversight Board.

The Board was established by the Mayor by Executive Order No. 1-15, in response to the United States Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policy Services (DOJ-COPS) report entitled, “Collaborative Reform Initiative:  An Assessment of Deadly Force Policy and Practice in the Philadelphia Police Department” and the Interim Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

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Yatvin gives written testimony before Senate Committee

The text of the written testimony appears below: Testimony of Alan L. Yatvin, Esq.Legal Advocacy SubcommitteeAmerican Diabetes AssociationBefore theSubcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human RightsCommittee on the JudiciaryUnited States Senate“Law Enforcement Responses to Disabled Americans:Promising Approaches for Protecting Public Safety”Tuesday April 29, 2014 — 10:00 a.m. Introduction Thank you for the opportunity to … Read more

Training the Trainers at the NYPD: Yatvin speaks to police about diabetes issues

On behalf of the American Diabetes Association, Popper & Yatvin partner Alan Yatvin, along with Daniel Lorber, MD, presented a training on diabetes at the New York City Police Academy on January 31, 2014. The program, which was attended by 250 training sergeants, was to prepare for Command Level Training which the training sergeants will be providing to New York City Police officers in February.

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Busy November

November has been a busy month for Popper & Yatvin.  On November 15th the Philadelphia Inquirer published Howard’s OpEd on a police officer’s cell-room tasering of a handcuffed youth in Colwyn, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.  http://www.popperyatvin.com/Files/ColwynOpEd_16Nov12.pdf On November 24th the New Jersey Star-Ledger published Alan’s OpEd on the need to train New Jersey police to recognize … Read more