Police, The Fourth Amendment, Qualified Immunity

Does failure to yield for a police vehicle require mens rea?

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Case: ADEOGUN v. City of St. Paul, Dist. Court, Minnesota 2014


The amount of time [the policeman] followed [Adeogun’s car] is unknown. Adeogun claims it took her “approximately 10 seconds to pull over to the side of the road and completely stop after [she] heard and saw the police car.” But, her version does not account for how long it took Adeogun to notice the police car. As Judge Tilsen told Adeogun at her Ramsey County District Court hearing, “ma’am, you did not see or hear the emergency vehicle’s sirens and lights. I believe that you probably didn’t see them. But you are, under this law, required to see them and required to pull over.”

Written by Burgers Allday

January 13, 2014 at 5:22 pm

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