CA2: A mere hunch there was an arrest warrant made stop unreasonable

It was clearly established law in January 2015 that an officer’s unconfirmed hunch that an arrest warrant might possibly exist, coupled with nothing more than the officer’s recognition of a suspect from prior arrests, did not constitute reasonable suspicion justifying a Terry stop or frisk. Therefore, no qualified immunity. Vasquez v. Maloney, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 6356 (2d Cir. Mar. 4, 2021).

Defendant officer’s claim that the district court erred in denying summary judgment on qualified immunity is affirmed because there are factual disputes for trial. Vette v. Sanders, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 6462 (10th Cir. Mar. 5, 2021).*

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