CA5: Warrantless entry to seize suicidal ptf was reasonable

The officer’s warrantless entry to seize the allegedly suicidal plaintiff was based on probable ause and exigency. “The exigency of a credible risk that a person is about to end their life justifies the warrantless entries into Clark’s hotel room and home; the corroborating discovery of pills, the purported means by which he was planning to end his life, provides probable cause to detain him. Clark argues to us now that Thompson did not in fact believe that Clark was a suicide risk, but his complaint-to which we are confined-alleges explicitly that Clark has no facts to cast doubt on the veracity of Thompson’s belief.” Qualified immunity applied. Clark v. Thompson, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 6819 (5th Cir. Mar. 9, 2021).

Defendants were denied qualified immunity in plaintiff’s excessive force case. Plaintiff was in a traffic stop where he refused to give his name, and then they were alleged to have used excessive force when they executed a take-down maneuver while holding him in a “police lead” position where they tripped him so he would fall to the ground as they held his arms behind his back. Rice v. Morehouse, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 6626 (9th Cir. Mar. 8, 2021).

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