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Police, The Fourth Amendment, Qualified Immunity

Officer J. Buck’s K9 unit violates the ol’ one bite rule

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Case: Smith v. Buck, Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit 2014

What happened: Officer J. Bucks dog helped convince a suspect to surrender by getting the suspect to go to his knees and putting his hands in the air. After the surrender, the K9 was re-deployed and bit the suspect again.

Decision: No qi for Officer Buck. There may have been excessive force, in violation of 4A here. The 8th Circuit panel reverses the district court’s holding of qi.

Note: The title of this blog entry is a j/k for law geeks — the one bite rule doesn’t really apply here.

ON EDIT: This post edited, December 2014, for grammar and clarity.

Written by Burgers Allday

May 5, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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