CA8: Tasing ptf eight times even while handcuffed was reasonable where he was always violently resisting

Tasing plaintiff repeatedly was not excessive force where he continued to violently resist even when handcuffed. Franklin v. Franklin Cty., 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 13193 (8th Cir. Apr. 24, 2020).

The officer shot plaintiff after he fled after a patdown produced nothing, but he headed toward bystanders and moved like he was reaching for his waistband. “We conclude that Officer Ashcraft is entitled to qualified immunity on these facts because it was not clearly established at the time of the shooting that a pat down that removes nothing from a suspect eliminates an officer’s probable cause that the suspect poses a threat of serious physical harm.” Goffin v. Ashcraft, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 13198 (8th Cir. Apr. 24, 2020) (2-1).

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