Category Archives: Qualified immunity

Reason: SCOTUS Considers Whether James King Has Any Recourse Against the Cops Who Choked and Beat Him for No Good Reason

Reason: SCOTUS Considers Whether James King Has Any Recourse Against the Cops Who Choked and Beat Him for No Good Reason by Jacob Sullum:

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CA6: State officer assisting a federal search is the subject of assault under 18 U.S.C. § 1114

A state officer assisting federal officers in a search can be the subject of assault while executing a warrant under 18 U.S.C. § 1114. United States v. Scurry, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 35068 (6th Cir. Nov. 5, 2020). Defendant officers … Continue reading

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CA8: Ptf stated a claim for false arrest and detention without PC

Plaintiff was arrested and detained for three weeks without probable cause. Taking his claims as true at this point, he stated a claim. Bell v. Neukirch, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 33920 (8th Cir. Oct. 28, 2020):

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CA10: QI denied over mistakenly obtained arrest warrant

A bunch of arrest warrant affidavits were executed in a drug sweep. Plaintiff’s, however, was seriously mistaken, and he was arrested. The district court’s qualified immunity summary judgment for him is reversed. Bickford v. Hensley, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 33400 … Continue reading

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OR: Def’s consent and statements are suppressed, but the search with a warrant is not

While defendant’s consent to search and statements made were invalid, the search was pursuant to a valid warrant, and the product of the search is not suppressed. State v. Joaquin, 307 Ore. App. 314, 2020 Ore. App. LEXIS 1243 (Oct. … Continue reading

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CA9: Advancing on a prior victim with a knife resulted in a police shooting, and QI applied

“The district court found that no controlling precedent had clearly established that Omar’s right under the Fourth Amendment to be free from the excessive use of deadly force by police would be violated when he was shot and killed as … Continue reading

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CA1: Gunshot from within while waiting for SW justified entry and sweep

Police froze and surrounded defendant’s home while they sought a search warrant. While they were waiting, a gunshot came from within, so they entered in response. The government satisfied inevitable discovery even though this protective sweep ended up in the … Continue reading

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CA8: Negative patdown didn’t remove threat when ptf reached for waistband and was shot

Plaintiff was patted down (it appears more of a full search incident) and then fled and reached for his waistband and was shot. A gun was overlooked in the patdown. “We therefore conclude that Officer Ashcraft is entitled to summary … Continue reading

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CA6: QI for workplace search of cell phone

Plaintiff is a police officer who sued over the workplace search of his cell phone (see City of Ontario v. Quon) after his wife grabbed it and turned it in claiming he was having sex with another officer. Qualified immunity … Continue reading

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N.D.Ohio: Paraphrasing and not quoting what a witness said isn’t a Franks violation

“Jones offers a laundry list of complaints about the text of the search warrant affidavit: … [¶] Jones fails to make a ‘substantial preliminary showing that specified portions of the affiant’s averments are deliberately or recklessly false.’ [Officer] Brotherton did … Continue reading

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CA11: Shooting suicidal person who posed no threat to others unreasonable

Shooting a suicidal person three times without an effort to deescalate was unreasonable. The officer came upstairs with a gun drawn without knowing of any risk to himself, and there never was. Teel v. Lozada, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 30358 … Continue reading

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M.D.Fla.: Civilly committed sexually violent predator was effectively in prison for his 4A claim against room search

“Spaulding is civilly committed to the Florida Civil Commitment Center (‘FCCC’) under the Sexual Violent Predators Act” and his Xbox and blu-ray player were seized because having them wasn’t appropriate for his custody level. His due process and Fourth Amendment … Continue reading

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Cato Institute: Qualified Immunity: A Legal, Practical, and Moral Failure

Cato Institute: Qualified Immunity: A Legal, Practical, and Moral Failure by Jay Schweikert (“Qualified immunity is a judicial doctrine that protects public officials from liability, even when they break the law. The doctrine has no valid legal basis, it regularly … Continue reading

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CA5: Mistaken identity arrest for half brother with same name gets QI

Plaintiff’s case for a mistaken identity arrest when his half-brother with the same name was the target fails on qualified immunity. Baker v. McCollan, 443 U.S. 137 (1979) is close enough to show qualified immunity. Nerio v. Derekevans, 2020 U.S. … Continue reading

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CA10: Ptf didn’t have to show officer his ID and that wasn’t PC for arrest

“Mglej’s refusal to provide Deputy Gardner with his driver’s license or some other form of identification, then, as Deputy Gardner demanded, did not create probable cause to arrest Mglej under Utah Code § 76-8-301.5(1). Thus, sufficient to defeat summary judgment, … Continue reading

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CA2: Omissions from affidavit were material and denied QI

District court’s denial of qualified immunity affirmed. Omissions from the affidavit for the search warrant were material to the finding of probable cause. Pourkavoos v. Town of Avon, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 28183 (2d Cir. Sept. 3, 2020):

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