In this timely podcast, TLC alum and faculty member Mike Marrinan discusses how holding police accountable in modest abuse cases could prevent more serious cases.

Mike is a San Diego attorney dedicated to representing victims of police misconduct in state and federal civil rights cases.

According to Mike, police culture has developed in a way that encourages and accepts the use of more force than is necessary. This culture tolerates the militarization of policing and breeds more and more abuse, especially when no one is held accountable. Mike describes how video has changed the perception of the public regarding excessive force and raised public awareness and increased support for changing the protection of qualified immunity.

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Episode Guest, Michael R. Marrinan

For over 25 years, Mike Marrinan’s practice has been dedicated to representing victims of police misconduct in state and federal civil rights cases. He has handled hundreds of civil rights cases, including false arrest, excessive force, wrongful death, and unlawful searches and seizures, as well as abuses in jails and prisons, including denial of medical care and suicides. Mike has obtained more jury verdicts in favor of victims of police misconduct than any attorney in San Diego County.

In 2000, Mike obtained what was, at the time, the largest jury verdict in a police misconduct case in San Diego County history ($1.5 million, Green v. County of San Diego). In 2008, Mike teamed up with his friend and colleague, Jude Basile, and obtained a jury verdict of $7.9 million for a young man who suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of police misconduct. This is still the largest police misconduct jury verdict in San Diego County history. (Gomez v. City of San Diego).