Category Archives: Qualified immunity

E.D.Ark.: There is no such thing as a negligent search and seizure claim

There is no such thing as a negligent search and seizure claim. Rudd v. City of Jonesboro, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28682 (E.D.Ark. March 1, 2017). The search of plaintiff’s truck in a garage was reasonable and officers get qualified … Continue reading

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WaPo: ‘The Watch’ Blog: 11th Circuit: Cops weren’t given enough notice that police tactics used for decades are unconstitutional

WaPo: ‘The Watch’ Blog: 11th Circuit: Cops weren’t given enough notice that police tactics used for decades are unconstitutional by Radley Balko:

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CA10: QI applies to suit by driver and his child in car over police shooting driver

Several officers attempted to stop plaintiff at 3:50 am, and he finally stopped. One officer got in front of the car with a shotgun, and the car moved forward. That officer fired two shots from a shotgun at the driver, … Continue reading

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CA1: No curtilage in def’s apt building yard

Defendant’s curtilage to an apartment building wasn’t violated by police entry through an unlocked back gate to get to the front door. (That apparently was a common way in.) Defendant came to the door and let them in, and then … Continue reading

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CA10: Handcuffing and jailing an inebriated man as “incapacitated” violated the 4A and no QI

Plaintiff showed up at a concert at the Xfinity Center in Boston inebriated, but not so drunk he didn’t know what he was doing. Security separated him from the incoming line into the hands of the defendant, an off-duty officer … Continue reading

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CA4: No QI for arrest w/o PC and pft held for 80 days; lack of PC was obvious

Plaintiff was held for 80 days on an arrest utterly without probable cause, and the officer has no qualified immunity. Smith v. Munday, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 1975 (4th Cir. Feb. 3, 2017):

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CA5: Ptf loses on his civil Franks claim because of a lack of materiality to PC

The affidavit for arrest warrant failed to include information that would undermine the credibility of the police informant, but the court finds that the omission was not material and there was other information that supported probable cause. Therefore, the officer … Continue reading

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Cert.granted: District of Columbia v. Wesby on qualified immunity

Cert.granted: District of Columbia v. Wesby, 15-1485 (Jan. 19, 2017). Issues: (1) Whether police officers who found late-night partiers inside a vacant home belonging to someone else had probable cause to arrest the partiers for trespassing under the Fourth Amendment, … Continue reading

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CA11: Arguable probable cause entitles the officer to qualified immunity, here for a mental health seizure

Arguable probable cause entitles the officer to qualified immunity, here for a mental health seizure. May v. City of Nahunta, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 20501 (11th Cir. Nov. 15, 2016), same result on rehearing, May v. City of Nahunta, 2017 … Continue reading

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New law review article: Is Qualified Immunity Unlawful?

William Baude, Is Qualified Immunity Unlawful?. Abstract:

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