Category Archives: Excessive force

WaPo: Cross-border slaying: Can dead teen’s family sue US agent? — Reargument in CA5

WaPo: Cross-border slaying: Can dead teen’s family sue US agent? by Kevin McGill: 

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Natl.L.Rev.: The Utah Blood Draw Story: Drawing Unwarranted Conclusions

Natl.L.Rev.: The Utah Blood Draw Story: Drawing Unwarranted Conclusions by David J. Edquist & Aaron M. Smith:

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CA7: Plainclothes officers have to ID themselves when making a stop

“The jury instructions on Terry stops, however, were inadequate. Over Doornbos’s objection, the court instructed the jury only on investigatory stops but not frisks. Yet Officer Williamson’s own testimony indicates that he was starting a frisk when he first approached … Continue reading

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CA5: Bodycam video showed that this fatal shooting was apparently justified, and that essentially made credibility of the officer irrelevant

In this § 1983 action against a former deputy sheriff, which alleged excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment, the factual issues identified by the district court on summary judgment were immaterial in light of undisputed filmed facts of … Continue reading

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CA10: Not clearly established that even minimal force can be used to resist alleged unlawful search

Plaintiffs were involved in a domestic dispute outside their trailer that had started to cool down, or so they said. One wanted to go into the house to retrieve shoes, but the officer insisted on following to be sure there … Continue reading

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WaPo Editorial: Police brutality is no joke, Mr. President

WaPo Editorial: Police brutality is no joke, Mr. President:

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WaPo: U.S. police chiefs blast Trump for endorsing ‘police brutality’

WaPo: U.S. police chiefs blast Trump for endorsing ‘police brutality’ by Cleve R. Wootson Jr. & Mark Berman:

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WaPo: Trump’s speech encouraging police to be ‘rough,’ annotated

WaPo: Trump’s speech encouraging police to be ‘rough,’ annotated by Philip Bump:

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WaPo: 10th Circuit grants narrow victory to family raided by a SWAT team over loose leaf tea

WaPo: 10th Circuit grants narrow victory to family raided by a SWAT team over loose leaf tea by Radley Balko. The case is Harte v. Bd. of Commissioners, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 13399 (10th Cir. July 25, 2017), over a … Continue reading

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UPI: Mississippi police kill man while serving warrant at wrong house

UPI: Mississippi police kill man while serving warrant at wrong house by Ray Downs: Close to midnight on Sunday, Southaven, Miss., police arrived at the wrong house to serve an arrest warrant and shot a man dead in his own … Continue reading

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CA10: Where one in car flashed gun in a bar, it was reasonable to order occupants to ground when stopped

Defendant was seen flashing a gun in a bar in Colorado, and police got a specific description including hair braids and dress from the wait staff. When the car was seen, officers ordered the occupants out and to the ground … Continue reading

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Boston Globe: His parents said he just needed to sleep. A SWAT team came instead

Boston Globe: His parents said he just needed to sleep. A SWAT team came instead. by Jenna Russell: Reeling as the sun rose higher in the summer sky, Austin’s parents tried to understand how a simple police check on their … Continue reading

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