Cases

Foster v Hellawell 9thCIR 20NOV2018

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Officer Jeremy Hellawell was dispatched to investigate a 911 call from a citizen who reported that a man matching Ernest Foster’s description was walking toward a shopping plaza armed with a concealed handgun. As the incident unfolded, Hellawell approached Foster at the shopping plaza to investigate the report, Foster fled, and Hellawell ultimately shot Foster […]

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Begin v Drouin 1stCIR 16NOV2018

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In this case, the First Circuit denied qualified immunity to an officer who shot a person in a psychiatric unit who was cutting himself.  The court concluded that considering the facts as alleged, it was unreasonable for the officer to use deadly force to stop a person who presented only a danger to himself. To […]

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United States v Shrum 10thCIR 15NOV2018

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The defendant’s common law wife became ill and died unexpectedly. The defendant dialed 911 and initially allowed sheriff deputies and EMS into the home. The wife was pronounced dead at the hospital and the officers then secured the home and looked through the house for the specific purpose of locating medication in anticipation of an […]

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United States v Perry 8thCIR 15NOV2018

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Someone calls 911 and reports “shots fired” and describes the shooter as a taller black male with a goatee wearing a white shirt and dark pants. A few blocks away, police see two black males with one appearing to have a goatee and dark pants and a white shirt. When they see the police, the […]