Category Archives: Excessive force

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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CA5: Ptf doesn’t show that city’s alleged failure to use SWAT teams “threat matrix” properly led to any constitutional violation

Plaintiff failed to show a pattern of unconstitutional actions or that the SWAT teams’ use of a “threat matrix” to determine when they would be called out was unconstitutional. Plaintiff doesn’t show that the failure to implement that matrix properly … Continue reading

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CA11: Punching ptf in the face because of apparent threat to officer was QI

Punching plaintiff in the face was objectively reasonable on these facts, and the officer is entitled to qualified immunity. “Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to Avery, Davis saw a brawl break out between two groups of young … Continue reading

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CA5: Video of police shooting shows it was justified, so QI shown

Parents alleged Fourth Amendment violations under § 1983 in the fatal shooting of their son by a police officer. Based upon a bystander’s video of the incident, a reasonable officer in defendant’s position could have concluded that the son posed … Continue reading

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MA: Use of some additional force in arresting def was not “disproportionate” based on what police knew about firearms in car and risk of violence

The use of some additional force in arresting defendant was not “disproportionate” based on information defendant was armed and that his girlfriend, traveling with him, could use violence to “upset” his arrest. Commonwealth v. Widener, 2017 Mass. App. LEXIS 85 … Continue reading

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NE: SW for property includes vehicles found and belonging there

Search warrant for property includes vehicles parked on the property that are connected to the property [as in the owner]. State v. Hidalgo, 296 Neb. 912, 2017 Neb. LEXIS 87 (June 9, 2017). Officers coming upon an assault in progress, … Continue reading

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SCOTUS: Co. of LA v. Mendez: No constitutional basis for the Ninth Circuit’s “provocation” rule that an officer’s conduct that provokes a violent response is a separate Fourth Amendment claim

There is no constitutional basis for the Ninth Circuit’s “provocation” rule that an officer’s conduct that provokes a violent response is a separate Fourth Amendment claim. County of Los Angeles v. Mendez, 2017 U.S. LEXIS 3396 (U.S. May 30, 2017). … Continue reading

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NYLJ: Federal Jury Awards $8M to Man Injured by Police Stun Gun

NYLJ: Federal Jury Awards $8M to Man Injured by Police Stun Gun by Jason Grant: A federal jury has awarded a mentally disabled Long Island man and his parents $8.32 million after police used a stun gun on the man … Continue reading

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CA11: Shooting of ptf during drug raid was reasonable and subject to QI

This § 1983 case arose from a shooting death by police during execution of a drug search warrant. The pre-search briefing told the officers that the suspect inside was involved in drug dealing and was likely armed, so a no-knock … Continue reading

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