Larry DiPrimo, a New York City police officer, has made national headlines after he was photographed giving a new pair of boots and socks to a homeless man in Times Square on November 14, 2012. According to the New York Post, Officer DiPrimo recalled that it was a very cold night when he noticed a homeless man sleeping on the sidewalk with no shoes (the New York Post article is available here). Officer DiPrimo stated that the man’s feet were covered in blisters and he knew that he had to do something to help him so he purchased a pair of boots and socks with his own personal funds to give to the man. Officer DiPrimo described the man as a very kind gentlemen who needed help. Unbeknownst to Officer DiPrimo, his actions were being photographed by a tourist who later posted the images on  the popular social networking site facebook.  Since being posted on facebook the the story has gone viral receiving wide media coverage. The 25 year old DiPrimo, has been overwhelmed by the attention that the story has received, but remains humble.

A story like this not only reminds us to care for the less fortunate, it also highlights the fact that the relationship between law enforcement and citizens doesn’t have to be a negative one. Nevertheless, some groups remain critical of the NYPD following the attention that Officer DiPrimo and the department have received. The Los Angeles Times  recently reported some advocacy groups have had a largely bittersweet reaction to the DiPrimo story given the New York Police Department’s history with the homeless (the full article is available here). According to the LA Times, a spokesman for the New York based Coalition for the Homeless, characterized the NYPD’s past treatment of the homeless as “brutal”. Taking it a step further, a spokesman from the group Picture the Homeless added the following “[t]hat picture gives the impression that the whole department is compassionate. It’s not like that.”

While the fact of the matter remains that not all citizen/law enforcement interactions are as cordial as the Officer DiPrimo incident, we should be thankful that there are truly caring law enforcement officers such as him on the force serving our communities. A big step towards improving citizen/law enforcement interactions is simply civility.  A not insignificant number of people are sitting in jail at this very minute simply because they mouthed off to law enforcement officers.  On the other side of the coin, there are numerous situations that were needlessly escalated by overly aggressive law enforcement officers. At the end of the day it is the law enforcement officers job to do just what the job title describes, they are here to enforce the lawAccordingly, officers issue citations, give speeding tickets and make arrests. Obviously, this creates an adversarial situation between law enforcement  who are trying to do their job and the community who want to live their lives and enjoy their liberties.

People facing criminal charges need quality legal representation. The attorneys Connor & Connor Pllc are prepared to defend your rights and your liberty. We are licensed to represent Nevadans facing criminal charges in either state or federal court. We serve clients from all socioeconomic backgrounds and we will fight the charges with everything in our power to make sure that your rights are protected.  Our rates are reasonable and the firm is willing to negotiate a payment plan if necessary.  Unlike other firms, we have the ability to accept payment by credit or debit cards if necessary.  If you are facing criminal charges, contact one of the attorneys at Connor & Connor Pllc as soon as possible for a free consultation. You may contact the firm at info@connorpllc.com, (702) 430-4614, (702) 749-5992 or visit www.connorpllc.com. You may also visit the firm’s page on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/ConnorConnorPllc. If you have a legal question or if your are in need of legal representation do not hesitate to contact us as any delay could negatively affect your rights.

 

The Food and Drug Administration has shut down a peanut butter factory in New Mexico due to production of unsafe food. TheSunland factory, located in Portales, New Mexico, is the largest organic peanut butter producer. The popular store, Trader Joe’sobtains its peanut butter from this factory.

Fox News reported that people in 20 states across the country have contracted salmonella due to the peanut butter. An outbreak linked to Sunland’s peanut butter occurred in September 2012 and the factory voluntarily shut down its New Mexico based factory.Sunland planned to reopen its factory today, but the Food and Drug Administration shut down the factory for unsafe food production.

The Food and Drug Administration gained the power to shut down companies for unsafe food production in 2011 through a food safety law. This is the first time the agency has exercised its power. The company now has the burden of showing that its food is safe, before it can reopen.

A hearing will be held and the company will be inspected to determine if it is safe. Previously the company was inspected and 28 different instances of salmonella were found in the factory. The agency also discovered improper handling of food, unclean equipment and peanuts that were stored outdoors without being covered so that the peanuts were exposed to insects and birds.

After the outbreak this year, the Food and Drug Administration released results of inspections conducted in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 stating that the company had unclean equipment and improper handling of food. Also, there is evidence – denied by the president of Sunland – that in the last three years, the company would send out products that had tested positive for salmonella through internal tests.

Very concerning now is that Sunland distributes not only to Trader Joe’s, but also to TargetSafewayWhole Foods and other national grocery store chains. When the outbreak of salmonella was reported, many of these grocery stores repackaged the Sunland products and sold them under their own company names. Thus, there is the potential that contaminated peanut butter and other nut products is still on the shelf.

People who have been injured by a dangerous product need the advice of an experienced products liability attorney.  If you or a loved one believe you have suffered adverse medical reactions as a result of tainted peanut butter or nut products, you may be entitled to compensation. Please do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Connor & Connor Pllc today.  The attorneys at Connor & Connor Pllc are licensed to practice law before all Nevada state and federal courts. We serve clients from all socioeconomic segments of our community and we will fight to ensure that you receive compensation for your injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured by a bad product, contact one of the attorneys at Connor & Connor Pllc as soon as possible for a free consultation.  Any delay could negatively affect your legal rights.  You may contact the firm through email at info@connorpllc.com or by phone at (702) 430-4614 or visit www.connorpllc.com. You may also visit the firm’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/ConnorConnorPllc.

 

It was recently reported by the Marquette Tribune that certain energy drinks have been linked to multiple hospitalizations and several deaths (the full article is available here).  According to a report released by the Food and Drug Administration, the popular energy shot known as “5-Hour Energy” has been linked to 33 hospitalizations and 13 deaths (the full report from the FDA is available here).  The FDA report also names Monster and Rockstar energy drinks (which are marketed to the public as dietary supplements) as being linked to health problems in numerous cases across the United States. Common side affects noted by patients were flushing, increased heart rate, vomiting, heart attack, cardiac arrest, convulsions and death.  The report was careful to note that the incident reports made to the FDA sometimes contain incomplete information such as whether the individuals suffered from other medical conditions such as heart disease.

The reports of possible side affects relating to the use of energy drinks is disturbing for many reasons.  Foremost is that these products have been marketed to the public as being safe for consumption.  If it is true that these products are in fact dangerous, the companies who produce them could be held liable under a products liability lawsuit.  People who are injured by an unsafe product could be entitled to compensation for their injuries including past and future medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages and potentially punitive damages (punitive damages are a monetary award intended to punish the at fault party and deter others from engaging in similar behavior.  In cases where people have died as a result of unsafe products a wrongful death lawsuit could be brought on their behalf by their surviving family members.  That said, it appears premature to declare that these energy drinks are unsafe until all the facts are in.  Nevertheless, people wishing to avoid any potentially adverse medical reactions may wish to avoid these types of products altogether.

People who have been injured by a dangerous product need the advice of an experienced products liability attorney.  If you or a loved one believe you have suffered adverse medical reactions as a result of energy drinks or dietary supplements, you may be entitled to compensation. Please do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Connor & Connor Pllc today.  The attorneys at Connor & Connor Pllc are licensed to practice law before all Nevada state and federal courts. We serve clients from all socioeconomic segments of our community and we will fight to ensure that you receive compensation for your injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured by a bad product, contact one of the attorneys at Connor & Connor Pllc as soon as possible for a free consultation.  Any delay could negatively affect your legal rights.  You may contact the firm through email at info@connorpllc.com or by phone at (702) 430-4614 or visit www.connorpllc.com. You may also visit the firm’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/ConnorConnorPllc.

 

A drunk driver injured four children in Mesquite, Nevada over the weekend. According to Fox 5 News, police arrived at the scene of the accident where bystanders were forced to physically restrain the driver as he attempted to flee (the full article is available here).  Fox 5 reports that the man struck two vehicles that were parked along a curb.  The children who range in ages between 1 and 5 years old were transported from the scene for treatment. One child had to be airlifted to Las Vegas due to the severity of her injuries.  A 33 year old Mesquite resident has been detained on suspicion of drunk driving, child endangerment, child restraint and other various traffic violations.

Accidents caused by drunk drivers are inexcusable.  Fortunately the law recognizes that Drunk drivers are per se liable for the injuries that they cause. Unfortunately, many people who suffer injuries in alcohol related crashes never receive full compensation. Often times the at fault party has little to no insurance or the victim’s Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UM/UIM) is insufficient to fully compensate for their injuries.  This is especially true when a wrongful death or serious bodily injuries are involved.

People who have been injured by drunk drivers need competent legal representation. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney can be a victim’s best chance to receive compensation for their injuries. Victims of drunk drivers could be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering, permanent disability, property damage, lost wages, medical bills and even punitive damages. The attorneys at Connor & Connor Pllc are ready to fight for Nevadans who have been injured by drunk drivers. Our former insurance defense attorneys gained valuable experience defending insurers from claims made against their policy holders. Our attorneys know what it takes to make sure you are fully compensated for your injuries. Our attorneys are licensed to practice law before all Nevada state and federal courts. If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, contact one of the attorneys at Connor & Connor Pllc as soon as possible for a free consultation. Any delay in contacting an attorney could negatively impact your legal rights. You may contact the firm through email at info@connorpllc.com or by phone at (702)430-4614 or visit www.connorpllc.com. You may also visit the firm’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/ConnorConnorPllc.

 

According to Action 13 NewsLas Vegas Metro Police officers were involved in a shooting on November 11th following a domestic dispute (the full article is available here).  According to the article, LVPD received a call about a domestic disturbance between a man and a woman in the parking lot of the closed Hollywood Park off of East Charleston Blvd.  After removing the woman from the car, the officers shot the man while he remained seated in the vehicle.  It is unclear what prompted the officers to use deadly force, but the man is expected to survive.  According to Las Vegas Sun News, LVPD officers were involved in three shooting in just one week (the Las Vegas Sun article is available here).  The shooting comes just days after another shooting involving the Henderson Nevada Police Department on November 8th (A Las Vegas Review Journal article on that story is available here).  That situation involved a mentally disturbed man who allegedly pointed a gun at SWAT officers during a tense standoff in a drainage ditch across the street from St. Rose Hospital.  The man was shot numerous times by the officers and died of his wounds at the scene.  According to the Las Vegas Review Journal the shooting is the third for the city of Henderson this year.

Unfortunately, Las Vegas law enforcement officers have been involved in numerous high profile shootings recently.  One notable incident occurred on May 16th of this year when officers shot an unarmed and handcuffed teenager in the back, killing him. Another notorious incident occurred just days before Christmas 2011, when officers shot a Gulf War veteran numerous times in the back of the head with an AR-15 rifle.  It was recently reported that the officers involved in that shooting could face indictment for their actions (our earlier blog post on this incident is available here).  According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Las Vegas police shot and killed 12 people in 2011 (the report is available here).

The number of law enforcement agencies and personnel has skyrocketed during the past few decades.  Given the increase in agencies and personnel, interaction with law enforcement is simply a daily fact of life for most Americans.  While the majority of law enforcement officers faithfully perform their duties, there are officers who abuse their authority or act in an overly aggressive manner.  Unfortunately, proving that an officer has acted improperly can be an uphill battle. It was recently reported that no officer has ever been held liable by the Las Vegas Police Department following a shooting.  Officers who abuse their authority or act in an overly aggressive manner undermine the public’s trust in our justice system putting people who face criminal charges in fear when dealing with authorities.  Often times people’s fear of law enforcement causes them to waive their constitutionally protected rights.  Unscrupulous officers will intimidate people into allowing searches without a warrant or to answer questions without an attorney present.  Often times waiving these rights result in criminal charges and convictions which didn’t have to happen.

Nevadans who are facing criminal charges need to be accurately advised of their rights.  Nevadans have the right to be free from unreasonable searches, the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney.  The attorneys Connor & Connor Pllc are prepared to defend Nevadans facing criminal charges in either state or federal court.  We serve clients from all socioeconomic backgrounds and we will fight the charges with everything in our power to make sure that your rights are protected.  Our rates are reasonable and the firm is willing to negotiate a payment plan if necessary.  If you are facing criminal charges, contact one of the attorneys at Connor & Connor Pllc as soon as possible for a free consultation.  You may contact the firm at info@connorpllc.com, (702) 430-4614, (702) 749-5992 or visit www.connorpllc.com. You may also visit the firm’s page on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/ConnorConnorPllc.