Police, The Fourth Amendment, Qualified Immunity

Federal Judge Blackburn rules that it was legal for man to push police officer

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Case: RUFFINO v. CITY OF HOOVER (N.D.Ala. 8-29-2012)


In a surprising decision, Northern District of Alabama Federal District Court Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn ruled that it was legal for a man to push a police officer (Hoover Police Sergeant Roderick Glover) who came into the plaintiff’s daughter’s house to investigate a shouting match between the 70 year old plaintiff and his son-in-law. The push that Sgt. Glover suffered did not give police any sort of probable cause to arrest the plaintiff under operative law. No qi for Sgt. Glover.

Please note: I do not advocate shoving policemen at all, even if you are 70 years old. On the other hand, one hops this case will teach Sgt. Glover some valuable lessons about realistic threat assessment, de-escalation and how to more clearly identify himself as a police officer.

Written by Burgers Allday

September 1, 2012 at 7:26 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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