Police, The Fourth Amendment, Qualified Immunity

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Case: Saunders v. Duke, Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit 2014


Instead, they “slammed” his head against the pavement with “extreme force,” and, not surprisingly, this resulted in significant injuries to Mr. Saunders. The human skull is a relatively hearty vessel for the brain, but it will generally not fare well in a contest with hardened cement.[3] . . .

[3] The alleged collision between Mr. Saunders’ head and the pavement brings to mind one of Sancho Panza’s many proverbs: “Whether the pitcher hits the stone, or the stone hits the pitcher, it is bad for the pitcher[.]” MIGUEL DE CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, THE LIFE AND EXPLOITS OF THE INGENIOUS GENTLEMAN DON QUIXOTE OF LA MANCHA, Vol. II, Chapter XLIII, at 356 (Charles Jarvis trans., W. Lewis for S. A. and H. Oddy, Oxford 1809) [1615].

Written by Burgers Allday

September 12, 2014 at 7:22 pm

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