CA11: QI in suicide by cop case

Suicide by cop: Decedent attempted suicide cutting her wrists in the bathtub. Her husband found her and called 911. Police showed and decedent had gotten out of the tub and advanced on the officers, knife in hand, getting shot and dying. The Graham jury instructions were proper. Teel v. Lozada, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 9402 (11th Cir. Apr. 18, 2024),* prior appeal Teel v. Lozada, 826 F. App’x 880 (11th Cir. 2020).*

Plaintiff’s search claim did not bar invalidity of his conviction, so it’s not barred by Heck. Volner v. Mabe, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 9458 (8th Cir. Apr. 19, 2024).*

“In the early morning hours, a SWAT team broke through Williene Sistrunk’s front and back doors to execute a search warrant. Police removed the then-86-year-old Sistrunk from her bed at gunpoint, and pulled her son and great-grandson out of the home in handcuffs. But none of these people had committed a crime. Instead, police were looking for evidence of a robbery committed by Cedric Alexander, Sistrunk’s grandson, who listed the address on his driver’s license and car registration. This dramatic incident and a host of serious allegations notwithstanding, this case boils down to a simple issue: whether police had probable cause to believe that Alexander stored evidence of his crime at this house. Because the only officer-defendant left in this case is entitled to qualified immunity and because the City of Hillview is not municipally liable, we AFFIRM the district court’s judgment.” Sistrunk v. City of Hillview, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 9596 (6th Cir. Apr. 19, 2024).*

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