CA9: Protective sweep of house after medical emergency at front door unjustified

Officers responded to a medical emergency at the entryway of defendant’s house. They ended up conducting a protective sweep for which there was no justification whatsoever. The firearm found in the protective sweep is suppressed. United States v. Gonzalez-Martin, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 13736 (9th Cir. Apr. 29, 2020).

The district court found the officer’s use of deadly force under these circumstances was subject to qualified immunity for lack of clearly established law. On appeal, the court of appeals found the use of force was justified under the circumstances and was not a Fourth Amendment violation. Siler v. City of Kenosha, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 13750 (7th Cir. Apr. 29, 2020).

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