Police, The Fourth Amendment, Qualified Immunity

Bye for now

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I am going to take a break from this blog.  Couple reasons for that:

  •  other blogs are doing a pretty good job covering the kind of cases that I used to have “all to myself”
  • gotten busy in the real world with family and professional issues

Wanted to thank my readers.  I don’t think there were many of you, but I know there were some, and that is gratifying to me.  If you want to get in touch with me for some reason:

creativityistheengine (at) gmail.com



The way I found cases to blog about was to just do a GOOGLE Scholar search using the following search string:  “fourth amendment” “qualified immunity” (hence the name, 4aqi).  Every week there are plenty of new cases to read.  I would go so far as to recommend that interested non-lawyers try this because most 4aqi court opinions discuss the facts, and factual disputes, separately from the legal mumbo jumbo, and the fact sections are usually clear and coherent (although they can be slanted and manipulative, too).  The point is, you don’t have to be a lawyer to at least know what happened “on the street” in most of these cases.  To me it is always more interesting and relevant than my local newspaper.

Other websites that cover 4aqi stories:

Radley Balko’s The Watch blog at WaPo  (Radley is the best and has been for a long time)

Volokh Conspiracy (especially their federal court roundups that they started recently)

Fault Lines blog at Mimesis Law (various posts have different, often clashing, perspectives, which keeps it lively)

Cop Talk sub-forum in the Glock Talk forums (best place for a rank and file policeman’s perspective — it is not always pretty)

AmIFreeToGo forum on Reddit (used to be better)


Written by Burgers Allday

March 6, 2017 at 8:42 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. thanks for your blog. interesting cases and insightful comments. i’ve read most of the posts over the last few years i think. good photographs, too.

    i’m also glad that you encouraged non-lawyers to learn about this area of civil rights law by reading cases. they’re not as bad to read as most people think. well sometimes they’re not.

    Bill O'Brien

    March 9, 2017 at 8:35 am

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