Police, The Fourth Amendment, Qualified Immunity

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Case:  NORMAN v. FREDERICK (D.S.C. 9-8-2011)

Interesting quote:

Plaintiff worked in this capacity as a part of an operation in which he had arranged to purchase a quantity of cocaine from a drug dealer. The planned purchase was to take place in the parking lot of what the parties refer to as the Old Lowes.

What happened: Some police officers were not informed that the Plaintiff was working undercover for the police. In a mix-up at the site of the drug sting operation, these officers apprehended Plaintiff in the parking lot of the Old Lowes with great force and with some injury to Plaintiff.

Comment: This little scene seems like it should be a backdrop for a Hold Steady song. “The rats were dealing blow / in the parking lot of the Old Lowes / one of them found some kind of crazy poetic justice / when his face hit the cop’s truncheon / his glasses shattered on the pavement / they looked like crystals, the way the sunlight entrained them / we couldn’t stay around for the denouement / [something about something a woman was wearing] / [insert slang-y Biblical reference here]” and voila! Okay, maybe Craig Finn need not worry quite yet.

Written by Burgers Allday

September 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm

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