CA11: District Court’s § 1983 SJ credibility determinations on PC require reversal

“Because the District Court weighed testimony and made credibility determinations, it erroneously found that Officer Williams had arguable probable cause to detain Ms. Khoury. We must therefore vacate the District Court’s summary judgment order holding that Officer Williams had qualified immunity and that as a result, Ms. Khoury’s false arrest claim was barred.” Khoury v. Miami-Dade County Sch. Bd., 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 20070 (11th Cir. July 7, 2021).*

Plaintiff cursed a state trooper and was arrested for it. He prevailed on First and Fourth Amendment grounds, and he was awarded attorneys fees. The jury properly did not get a punitive damages instruction. Thurairajah v. City of Fort Smith, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 19778 (8th Cir. July 2, 2021).*

The First Circuit previously held that qualified immunity barred suit against officers entering an open door at a party with underage drinkers. Plaintiffs’ request to revisit this under Caniglia v. Strom, 141 S. Ct. 1596 (2021), is denied. It doesn’t change the court’s thinking on qualified immunity. Castagna v. Jean, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 19800 (1st Cir. July 2, 2021).*

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