Police, The Fourth Amendment, Qualified Immunity

Harsh criticism for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dep’t Board Of Commissioners

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What happened: St. Louis policewoman Susie Lorthridge made up a fake trespassing charge against a minor, and arrested the minor, to try to help a colleague who was angry at the minor. Officer Lorthridge was allowed to resign (and apparently avoid punishment), and the other police officers involved were punished only relatively lightly, or not at all.

Decision: It is not clear that Ex-Officer Lorthridge even moved for qi, but she did not get qi at any event. QI also denied for certain other police officers involved in the aftermath of the bad trespassing arrest. However, more surprising was the opinion’s sharp criticism of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Daniel Isom and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Board Of Commissioners, finding that there was evidence that false police reports were not sufficiently investigated and/or punished in general, and this to such an extent that “a widespread persistent pattern of unconstitutional conduct” may exist.

Comment: That’s gotta hurt!

Written by Burgers Allday

August 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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