Category Archives: Body searches

CA5: At summary judgment stage, “[t]his is an obvious case” that can’t be resolved on summary judgment

“The summary judgment facts, as determined by the district court, are that Ryan posed no threat to the officers or others to support firing without warning. The ‘Officers had the time and opportunity to give a warning and yet chose … Continue reading

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MN: Forced anoscopy under sedation was unreasonable under Winston

Strapping defendant down for a forced anoscopy under sedation in the presence of nonmedical personnel was unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment. The court applied Winston v. Lee on forced surgery, noting that several courts have applied it to nonsurgical body … Continue reading

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W.D.Wash.: Photographing the naked body of unconscious Taser victim in the hospital stated a claim and overcame QI

Plaintiff was unconscious in the hospital when the defendants manipulated her naked body to photograph Taser marks. She stated a claim under a 1963 Ninth Circuit case that overcame qualified immunity. Young v. Pena, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131641 (W.D. … Continue reading

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CA10: Taking ptf nude through a hospital for treatment when in custody stated a claim

Plaintiff’s being paraded nude into a hospital for treatment when in custody stated a claim, and the officers get no qualified immunity. “Plaintiff’s claim … that he was mistreated while in state custody … may be challenged under the Fourth … Continue reading

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CA6: State sanctioned blood draws of newborns and keeping the samples stated 4A claim

Plaintiffs stated a Fourth Amendment claim that the state took blood samples from children to check for diseases and then retained them in the Michigan Neonatal Biorepository. Remanded for further consideration. Kanuszewski v. Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services, … Continue reading

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CA6: No QI for a baseless stop, strip search, and body cavity search and then tightening handcuffs for ptf’s complaining about his treatment

The officer gets no qualified immunity in his interlocutory appeal. On the complaint, plaintiff stated a claim that his stop was not objectively reasonable in the first place. A police dog was put into plaintiff’s vehicle, then it was searched … Continue reading

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MA: Bag of dope protuding from butt crack was seized in a strip search, not a body cavity search

“During a lawful strip search of the defendant following his arrest, police officers observed a plastic bag protruding from the cleft between his buttocks and caused him to remove it; it was revealed to contain individually wrapped plastic bags of … Continue reading

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NY1: Def denied opportunity to participate in hearing for body samples required reversal

A suspect from whom body samples (like DNA) are being taken is entitled by due process to participate in the search warrant issuance process. Here, he wasn’t. Reversed. People v. Goldman, 2019 NY Slip Op 02976, 2019 N.Y. App. Div. … Continue reading

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N.D.Ohio: Corroboration of CI for rectal SW was thin, but GFE applies

Based on a CI that was partially corroborated, officers believed defendant was concealing drugs in his rectum. They obtain a search warrant for a rectal search. The probable cause from the CI is thin. “Basic fairness requires the government to … Continue reading

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CA7: QI barred § 1983 over forced prison blood draw

Plaintiff is an inmate in prison who was ordered to give a blood test when prison officials decided he wasn’t acting right and might be high. His suit over the prison’s forced blood draw is barred by qualified immunity. Holm … Continue reading

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W.D.Va.: Govt doesn’t get to photograph all tattoos on defs’ bodies, despite what’s available on social media; just those normally visible

The government can photograph defendants’ tattoos that are normally visible in daily use. The government cannot, however, photograph tattoos usually covered by clothes despite the fact they were occasionally revealed on social media pages. That’s not a waiver as to … Continue reading

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D.Ariz.: A dog sniff of the person at the border is not “non-routine”

Defendant crossed into the U.S. at a pedestrian border crossing. A dog sniff of the person was conducted. “The Court finds that the intrusiveness of the canine search did not rise to the level of a non-routine search, which would … Continue reading

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