The use of a “rolling block” on a speeding motorcyclist results in a crash and death of the motorcyclist. The family sued for excessive use of force. The court granted qualified immunity to the officer because the plaintiff failed to identify a controlling precedent rendering it “beyond debate”—such that any reasonable officer would know, even in only seven seconds, and even in the midst of a high-speed chase—that the officer’s rolling block violated the Fourth Amendment (thus not satisfying the second prong of the qualified immunity test).

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