LA: Truck driver who phoned in report of passed out driver with gun in lap on busy NOLA bridge was not “anonymous”

Defendant was stopped and apparently passed out on the Claiborne Street bridge in New Orleans. A truck driver called in to report it and that defendant had a gun in his lap. Then an accident occurred. The trial court erred in considering the truck driver as “anonymous” and unworthy of credit. State v. Jackson, 2020 La. LEXIS 387 (Jan. 31, 2020).

The fact an officer has state law authority to arrest throughout the county doesn’t translate into state law authority to conduct warrantless searches there, too. The denial of qualified immunity here is fact dependent and the court has no jurisdiction to go further. Robinson v. Ash, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 4067 (11th Cir. Feb. 11, 2020).*

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