CA1: QI for excessive force doesn’t require a case exactly on point; Garner is close enough for a jury to find liability

The district court denied qualified immunity to an officer who shot the victim in the head with an AR-15 without warning for allegedly brandishing a firearm. The victim had been wandering in and out of his house with a gun in hand, pointed down except once when it was raised overhead and then he was shot. A case exactly in point is not required to make a qualified immunity defense. A jury could reasonably find the excessive force standard of Garner was met by the plaintiff. McKenney v. Mangino, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 19548 (1st Cir. Oct. 6, 2017).

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