Police, The Fourth Amendment, Qualified Immunity

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The officers’ actions as captured on the video belie any notion they personally felt threatened by Chacon. Both officers drew their guns and marched into the open, completely exposed, as if reenacting a television cop drama. On television, action-hero police officers may well fling themselves into life-threatening situations with reckless abandon. In reality, two officers who felt their lives were in danger would take measures to protect themselves. [Austin Police Officers Eric Copeland and Russell Rose] did the opposite.


To the contrary, an objective observer might reach the reasonable conclusion it was the officers themselves who posed the greatest danger to everyone present at the scene.

Full opinion has many, many other tasty nuggets. No qi for APD Officer Eric Copeland or APD Officer Russell Rose, but City of Austin does get qi on municipal liability claims.

Written by Burgers Allday

May 28, 2013 at 12:10 pm

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