Police, The Fourth Amendment, Qualified Immunity

Disputed police shootings

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Many civil cases that deal with the police and 4A involve the following fact pattern:

Suspect has weapon, won’t surrender to police, gets shot, and the suspect or her survivors sue the police on the theory that the police were too quick on their triggers.

Here is a typical example.

Why are you telling me this? This blog plans to generally stay away from cases with this fact pattern. It is not that these cases are unimportant, but they do not interest me in a legal sense. That is not to say that this blog will avoid covering police shootings all together. It just means that cases where somebody was going nutso with a brick or a knife or a knitting needle or whatever will not be high priority here. This blog intends to be more focused on cases that can impact ordinary people who are (allegedly) acting legally, or at least close to legally.

Written by Burgers Allday

September 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm

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