Police, The Fourth Amendment, Qualified Immunity

REDDING v. BOULWARE, No. 11-7455 (Fourth Circuit, December 20, 2012)

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Interesting use of force case. A 67 year old woman (the plaintiff, now deceased from unrelated causes) was afraid when pulled over on an early morning traffic stop. She wanted to get her husband or call her husband on the telephone, but the policeman did not want that to happen. After a minor confrontation, the policeman ended up on top of the plaintiff on the ground and said that he would break her arm if she did not produce her hand for handcuffing. Plaintiff failed to produce her hand and, so, the policeman broke her arm and made the arrest.

Policeman gets qi in a 2 to 1 decision.

Written by Burgers Allday

December 24, 2012 at 4:40 am

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