“Vickers is entitled to qualified immunity because... there was no clearly established law making it apparent to any reasonable officer in Vickers's shoes that his actions in firing at the dog and accidentally shooting [a child] would violate the Fourth Amendment.”
-11th Cir. Court of Appeals
"If he’s in there, and you’re not telling us, you can get in trouble for that. Do you understand? Is he in there?"
"It was not clearly established in May 2014 that a deputy was forbidden to use a takedown maneuver to arrest a suspect who ignored the deputy’s instruction to 'get back here' and continued to walk away from the officer."
-8th Circuit Court of Appeals
“Officer Harris was entitled to view Baxter’s position with his hands up with skepticism”
–Brief of Appellants Officer Spencer Harris and Officer Brad Bracey
“This is a new complaint. It needs to move quickly for processing. It’s a priority 1 with NO notice at any time.”
-Email from Belinda West of the Texas Medical Board, instructing employees to comply with a DEA request to obtain medical files from Dr. Zadeh’s office relevant to a criminal prosecution.
“We recognize that the allegation of any theft by police officers—most certainly the theft of over $225,000—is deeply disturbing. Whether that conduct violates the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures, however, would not “be ‘clear to a reasonable officer.’” …Accordingly, we hold that the City Officers are protected by qualified immunity against Appellants’ Fourth Amendment claim."
-9th Cir. Court of Appeals
Holding: The District Court held that fact issues precluded summary judgment on Fourth Amendment claim that officers failed to adequately attend to arrestee’s medical needs, fact issues precluded summary judgment on Monell claim, and fact issue precluded summary judgment on officers’ claim that they were entitled to discretionary qualified immunity.
Holding: The Court of Appeals held that the deputy alleged use of force, in pointing his gun at arrestee and threatening to kill him if he did not surrender, was excessive, but arrestee’s right not to have a gun pointed at him under the circumstances was not clearly established.
Holding: The Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit Judge held that the police officer’s act of performing a “takedown” of arrestee was objectively unreasonable, and thus violated arrestee’s constitutional rights. However, the police officer was entitled to qualified immunity on arrestee’s excessive force claim.
Holding: The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals held that defendants Chris Abbott, Craig Jensen, Jerry Miller, and Rodger MacFarlane are entitled to qualified immunity from further suit and damages.