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Excessive force complaints must be taken seriously

One protection that everyone has in this country is the right to not have to endure cruel and unusual punishment. This is provided by the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution. While there is some question about exactly what constitutes this forbidden punishment, there are some rulings and cases that shed some light on what shouldn't happen.

Police officers are held to a high standard when they are on duty. There are limits to what types of force officers can use when dealing with people. For example, a cop can't take his gun off his belt and hit you across the face just because you don't want to give a confession. Other situations are also covered.

Vaping device explosions may lead to a product liability lawsuit

Electronic cigarettes have become very popular since they were introduced to the public. While these are preferred to regular cigarettes by many, they aren't a completely safe option. You have to consider the composition of the cartridges with the liquid you will vape. You also need to look at the design of the device to find even more potential hazards.

When you purchase a vaping device, you assume that the manufacturer put a safe product out. This might not be the case. In the news in recent years, there have been many reports of these devices exploding. You can think of these explosions in the same manner as that of fireworks. You wouldn't knowingly hold a firework that you know will explode in your hand. You certainly wouldn't put it in your mouth. Yet, this is possible when you have an e-cig.

Electronic cigarette explosions can lead to serious injuries

When they first came on the market, electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, were touted as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes. Unfortunately, this seems to have led some individuals to believing that there weren't any risks with these devices.

To recognize one of the biggest hazards that come with these vaping devices, you don't even have to delve into the ingredients in the cartridges. You only need to know how they operate—or, in some cases, how they don't operate correctly. Here are a few important points about e-cigs that every consumer should know:

Use care near construction zones while projects are completed

As companies try to wrap up road construction projects before the first snowfall, drivers in the Detroit area need to be careful when they approach these zones. Some drivers aren't going to be safe when they come upon them. Whether they are distracted, drunk or just driving recklessly, they can cause serious accidents. These might result in injuries that last a lifetime, such as those to the spinal cord or brain.

As you can imagine, getting into an accident now could mean that you are going to spend the entire winter trying to make it through the snow to make it to doctor appointments. This is a difficult prospect in the Motor City.

Racial profiling is more than an inconvenience

News stories are coming out on a regular basis that show people of color being profiled just because of their race. The stories of "Barbecue Becky" and "Poolside Patty" are just two examples of the many innocent situations that have led to people calling the police on individuals based on their race.

Unfortunately, racial profiling isn't something that only the general public is guilty of. Police officers and even private security guards sometimes have a tendency to harass people of color without any lawful basis. These individuals have to deal with interrogations, searches or detentions that are illegal, which is frightening and embarrassing.

Impaired driving signs signal dangerous conditions on the road

Many drivers know that they should be on the lookout for other drivers who appear to be drunk. What you might not realize is that this isn't the only form of impairment you need to be aware of. Some drivers are high on drugs or too tired when they get behind the wheel. They might exhibit signs of impairment.

Here are some signs that you need to watch for if you are on the road:

  • Driving slower than the speed limit
  • Accelerating rapidly
  • Almost hitting objects
  • Braking suddenly and without reason
  • Straddling the center line
  • Weaving or drifting
  • Not using headlight from dusk to dawn
  • Leaning forward abnormally
  • Turning suddenly or using a wide radius
  • Tailgating other vehicles

Police mistreatment comes in many forms

Police officers are expected to be upstanding citizens who are always following the laws they are sworn to uphold. This isn't always what happens. There are times when police officers are misusing their authority and doing things that they shouldn't do. Unfortunately, there are innocent people who suffer due to police misconduct.

There are several ways that a cop might misuse their power. Most people think about officer violence when they think about this. While these are the cases that are likely to make the news, there are others the officers might do that aren't appropriate. We can help you determine if there was any misconduct in the case involving you.

Manufacturer's warnings are important in product liability cases

Have you ever opened a package and wondered why something that seems so simple has such a massive set of instructions? In many cases, it doesn't seem like all that information is necessary. Some individuals won't even read through all those pages, but they are actually very important.

Manufacturers who create products must be sure that they are warning consumers about the possible dangers of the item. They need to instruct them on how to use the product safely. When clear instructions aren't included in the packaging information, there is a chance that the company might face legal action if a person is harmed by the product due to something that isn't covered.

Electric bike motor kits recalled due to hazardous issue

Counting on manufacturers to keep you safe these days seems like a hazard for most people if you think about the number of recalls that are coming to light recently. One of these is electric bike motor controller circuit boards. Hill Topper Electric Bike Kits with model numbers KT24WSH-BF08 or KT36WSH-BFZ13504 are included in this recall.

This motor is meant to be used on a bicycle, which means that it might be exposed to the elements. Unfortunately, water might enter the motor controller. This can lead to the motor suddenly accelerating. Riders might become unable to control the bike when this happens.

Michigan's wrongful imprisonment compensation act isn't perfect

People who are wrongfully convicted and subsequently imprisoned due to that conviction often face an uphill battle. They are behind bars for something they didn't do, and the court system might seem to drag their appeal cases on.

Often for these individuals, there isn't a better feeling than the moment they find out that they are going to be released. This is sometimes followed rather quickly by apprehension regarding various aspects of life outside of prison.

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