Commentary: Let taxpayers know where money for police misconduct settlements comes from

To make matters worse, such bonds also greatly increase the burden on taxpayers as bank fees and interest for investors can nearly double the cost of settlements. But according to Human Rights Watch, “no nationwide, systemic data are kept regarding” these settlements. Moreover, according to a study titled “How Governments Pay: Lawsuits, Budgets, and Police Reform,” “information about the amounts paid in suits involving law enforcement officers is not collected” in many cases….

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