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On June 6, 2019, two Los Angeles County deputies fired nearly three dozen rounds into a white Kia Forte as its driver reversed through an apartment complex parking lot in Willowbrook. While the

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County leaders approved a $3.9 million settlement of a federal lawsuit brought by the grieving family of Ryan Twyman, an unarmed man from Compton who was shot

After a run-in with police officers in Milwaukee over two years ago, Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown has agreed to a $750,000 settlement with the city of Milwaukee, according to ESPN.   Back

President Donald Trump has repeatedly said there’s one place he wants to determine the outcome of the presidential election: the U.S. Supreme Court. But he may have a difficult time

Black Lives Matter demonstrators stopped traffic in Stockton for several hours on Thursday to protest police brutality. Mothers in the group said they are still waiting for justice for their

Nigeria has been rocked by days of nationwide protests over police brutality, following widespread claims of kidnapping, harassment and extortion by a controversial police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad

Samuel Asghedom, the brother of Nipsey Hussle and administrator of the late rapper’s estate, filed a trademark infringement lawsuit Oct. 10 against Tia Hollis and the Crips LLC, in U.S.

The ACLU of Nebraska has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the City of Omaha, alleging that its police department violated protesters constitutional rights by using excessive force, misapplying

A California dad said he has received death threats after social media posts falsely identified him as a suspect in the weekend ambush shooting of two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, according

Darnell Hicks’ life has been thrown into disarray in the days since he was falsely accused of being the gunman behind an ambush attack on two Los Angeles County sheriff’s

Archie Williams was back on national television Tuesday night on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” to perform in the show’s live round. And Williams didn’t disappoint. By now you likely know Williams’ story:

Hours after President Trump stood on the South Lawn of the White House to rail against what he called agitators bent on destroying “the American way of life,” thousands of

Inside Louisiana’s maximum security prison known as Angola, inmate Archie Williams used to watch the NBC reality talent competition show America’s Got Talent and visualize himself performing on the show. It was

A flurry of notifications lighted up the phones of Lyft and Uber users in California early this week. “Save rideshare in California!” one from Lyft read. “Service update: Ridesharing in CA

ATLANTA – Attorneys for a woman injured in a deadly crash at Piedmont Hospital released a new video of the incident Tuesday and said they may file a lawsuit.   A car drove

L.A. County health officials issued a “legally binding” order banning gatherings during the pandemic following a Beverly Crest house party that ended in a deadly shooting Tuesday, hours after the LAPD opted

For more than three decades, California has clung to one of the nation’s toughest testing standards for law school students hoping to practice law in the most populous state in

In a speech with his attorney general, Trump repeats his message of ‘law and order.’ President Trump on Wednesday said that the Justice Department would send federal law enforcement officials to Democratic-led cities experiencing

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday that the city’s COVID-19 threat meter is “on the border of going to red,” the highest level, which would mean a complete shutdown in L.A. owing

The civil rights auditors Facebook hired to scrutinize its record delivered on Wednesday a long-awaited and scathing indictment of the social media giant’s decisions to prioritize free speech above other

Have you ever heard of “tech law”?  If you have it’s probably because it’s one of the most popular law practices today.  The boom of startups in the 1990s, where

For more than 40 years, associates at Dorsey & Whitney helped the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office prosecute misdemeanor cases. Each year, a handful of the firm’s litigation associates would spend

The Supreme Court dealt a major blow to President Donald Trump’s efforts to crack down on sanctuary policies on Monday when it refused to take up a case challenging a California law

A 59-year-man exonerated last year after spending 36 years behind bars for a rape and stabbing in Baton Rouge that he didn’t commit is seeking compensation in a federal lawsuit.

Thousands of people gathered at more than a dozen peaceful demonstrations around Los Angeles on Saturday to protest the death of George Floyd and other black Americans at the hands of police.

Ready or not, life is returning to some sort of normal in the United States, and normal inevitably includes police officers killing an unarmed black man in their custody, followed

Face masks have become one of the most enduring — and surprisingly controversial — images of the coronavirus pandemic that’s been tearing through the US for more than two months

It’s not exactly the Montgomery bus boycott, and Elon Musk is no Rosa Parks, but Tesla is apparently engaged in a highly unusual act of corporate civil disobedience. Ordered by

Los Angeles County public health officials announced a five-stage “Recovery Roadmap” on Wednesday, May 6, which eases some aspects of Safer at Home orders issued on March 19. Here’s what you need

Not every legal matter requires the use of an attorney. Fighting a speeding ticket and going to small claims courts are two examples. However, in many other situations involving a

If you’re facing criminal charges or have been wronged by an insurance company, you may know you need a lawyer, yet be reluctant to contact one. There is lots of

What will life look like when stay-at-home orders are lifted? As President Trump tells governors to “call your own shots” in easing social distancing restrictions, local officials are already thinking about how to loosen

In Catalonia a project has been launched to help neighborhood bookshops stay afloat during the lockdown Times are tough for independent businesses that have been forced to shutter their stores

Monday was the first day that the number of U.S. deaths due to the coronavirus grew by more than 500, according to data compiled by The Washington Post. Almost half of

For more than six years, through two governors and hundreds of lawmakers’ votes, California’s state government slowly built the largest cash reserve in its history — projected to total $21

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law a coronavirus relief package that includes provisions for free testing for Covid-19 and paid emergency leave. The Senate had earlier Wednesday approved the House-passed

This is a transcription of an episode from A Nation Divided Radio A nation divided furnished by the Cochran firm. We are KABC talk radio 790. You are listening to

We want to know, should the reporting of false news be a crime? It’s that simple. Should the reporting of false information be something that is not protected by our freedom of speech? Should it be something that we look at as a crime? And as we start to delve and peel the layers back on this very complicated subject, one of the things that we’re confronted with is the fact that we’re living in an age that is quite unprecedented.

New York (CNN Business) Can a knife emoji double as a threat to kill someone? Does a heart emoji from a manager constitute sexual harassment? More emojis are showing up in court cases

Family of a 24-year-old man shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and the man who was with him filed a claim Wednesday for damages against the county,

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has sound policies in place to prevent the unnecessary use of deadly force. The following excerpts from the Use of Force Policy apply to

11/06/2012 09:53 am ET Updated Nov 08, 2016 What is the Electoral College? The Electoral College is made up of 538 electors who cast votes to decide the President and Vice-President of

Americans need to go beyond holiday volunteerism and become more intentional about helping the homeless year-round. By Therese Gallagher Contributor Washington state Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima) recently proposed not allowing homeless shelters, or even organizations that

The Cochran Firm is pleased to announce the May 21, 2019 findings of the Los Angles Police Department’s five member civilian review board, known as the Board of Police Commissioners

Death Penalty Fast Facts

Source: CNN (CNN)Here’s a look at the death penalty in the United States. Facts:  As of October 11, 2018, capital punishment is legal in 30 US states. According to the Death

Source: USA Today By: Kristen Hanson, Opinion contributor The ‘death with dignity’ movement gives in to despair and preys on terminally ill patients when they are most vulnerable. On Dec. 30,

Source: USA Today By: Paula Carter, Opinion contributor Jury duty is not a punch line. I helped decide a case about police, a black driver and a traffic stop, and I

By Minyvonne Burke The National Enquirer’s parent company said Friday that it will investigate Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ claims that he was extorted and blackmailed after he launched a probe into how the

The Drug War at 100

By: George Fisher One hundred years ago this week President Woodrow Wilson signed the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914 and committed the federal government to combating the domestic drug trade.

The following was taken from Brian Dunn’s radio show “A Nation Divided”, which is aired live every Saturday at 4 pm Pacific Time on 790 KABC. Brian Dunn: We are KABC

The following was taken from Brian Dunn’s radio show “A Nation Divided”, which is aired live every Saturday at 4 pm Pacific Time on 790 KABC. Brian Dunn: We are

All About Flint Taylor

G. FLINT TAYLOR, a graduate of Brown University and Northwestern Law School, is a  founding partner of the People’s Law Office in Chicago, an office which has been dedicated to

This week’s special guest on A Nation Divided with Brian Dunn is Rev. James M. Lawson, one of the great leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement. An advocate of

On Wednesday, August 1st, 2018, the Cochran Firm California held a press conference where they declared their wrongful death and negligence claim against the Los Angeles Police Department. Head attorney

On Wednesday, August 1st, 2018, the Cochran Firm California held a press conference where they declared their wrongful death and negligence claim against the Los Angeles Police Department. Head attorney

Breaking: the Cochran Firm California will represent Mr. Darris Love in unlawful detainment case. Article below is credited to mynewsla.com. A black actor who says he was taken into custody

Taken from a Facebook Live on March 15, as spoken by Brian T. Dunn. I’ve always hated the term trigger happy because I don’t think any officer is ever feeling

Taken from a Facebook Live on March 15, as spoken by Brian T. Dunn. Would police trainings and excessive force instances be reduced if you had a situations where officers

Taken from a Facebook Live on March 15, as spoken by Brian T. Dunn. In almost every officer involved shooting, if you really dig into them and isolate the dynamics

Taken from a Facebook Live on March 15, as spoken by Brian T. Dunn. It’s very interesting to me that since about the last three or four years, ever since

The following was taken from a Facebook Live video from March 22, as spoken by Brian Dunn. What can I do if you want the police to help and you

Taken from a Facebook live video on March 22 on the Cochran Firm’s official Facebook page, hosted by Brian Dunn. If you warn the police about someone who is dangerous

The following was taken from a Facebook Live on March 22 by Brian Dunn, on the Cochran Firm’s official Facebook page. So there’s this cafe in Oakland named “Hasta Muerte

As found on Cochran Law Firm’s Facebook Live on March 22, 2018, from attorney Brian Dunn. Today, I want to take a moment and talk about what is the law

When police officers ask you if they may search your car, home or person, odds are that they lack the probable cause required to do so. If you consent, you

Vegas Shooting

Like many Americans, we at the firm were shocked, mortified, and deeply saddened by the horrific events that took place in Las Vegas on Sunday. When events transpire that illustrate

Like many Americans, we at the firm were shocked, mortified, and deeply saddened by the horrific events that took place in Las Vegas on Sunday. When events transpire that illustrate

In a speech delivered to a group of law enforcement officials in a New York suburb last Friday, President Trump, quite literally, encouraged their use of excessive force, stating “When

As Americans, at some point in our education, perhaps even from early childhood, we have been taught that the President of the United States is the leader of our nation,

As Americans, at some point in our education, perhaps even from early childhood, we have been taught that the President of the United States is the leader of our nation,

There is nothing that can adequately prepare a California family to deal with the unexpected loss of a loved one. In the event that a serious accident claims the life

On behalf of The Cochran Firm California posted in personal injury on Sunday, July 23, 2017. There are dozens of ways to make yourself and others safer on the roads. From wearing sunglasses on

On behalf of The Cochran Firm California posted in blog on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Many people say it all the time, “Flying is still the safest way to travel,” but you found out

Both California and federal laws state that men and women should receive equal pay for equal work, but unfortunately, some employers still violate these laws. You should receive fair pay

What Impact Has Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Had on Social Justice? From over 85 thought-provoking essays, Resurrection Church and The Cochran Firm joined in presenting a $2,500.00 check to the winner of

Domestic Partnerships

Domestic Partnerships, Post Same-Sex Marriage Unless you’ve been abstaining from news lately, you know that last month the U.S. Supreme Court decided that all couples in America have a fundamental

A License To Kill

It has been said that the police officer on the beat is the most powerful person in the American justice system.  More powerful than a congressman who makes laws, more