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Dockery v. Blackburn 7thCIR 19DEC2018

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The defendant in this case, Patrick Dockery, was arrested for domestic violence at his girlfriend’s apartment. Apparently, the ride to the police station did nothing to calm him down and as he was being fingerprinted, he became confrontational, fell over, and started kicking wildly at the two officers in the booking area who were trying […]

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United States v. Johnson   11thCIR   16APR2019

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At 0400 one morning in Opa-Locka Florida, police were dispatched to respond to a report of a burglary in progress. The caller provided a description of the burglar. An officer responding to the call saw the defendant (Johnson) standing in a dark alley. Johnson matched the description, so the officer detained him and frisked him. […]

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United States v. Houston   8thCIR   10APR2019

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At 0100 three officers are dispatched to a neighborhood in Davenport, Iowa to respond to “shots fired” disturbance complaints. This neighborhood accounted for nearly a third of all shots fired calls for the preceding ten-month period. When they arrived, the officers spotted Houston with their flashlights.  Houston ran and did not stop when they commanded […]

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United States v. Cherry   7thCIR   08APR2019

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The defendant went to pick up heroin from his supplier and was totally unaware the supplier had already been arrested and had agreed to assist law enforcement in order to get a “better deal.”  The arrest man (now a CI) provided significant information about how the deal was supposed to go down. With the CIs […]

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Pagan-Gonzalez v. Moreno   1stCIR   22MAR2019

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Key Phrases: Consent, Deception, Qualified Immunity, Search Back in October of 2013, ten federal Special Agents went to the door of the plaintiff Pagan- Gonzalez who lived with his parents in Puerto Rico.  One of the agents told the plaintiff that they were there because a modem or computer in the house was “sending a […]

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Sebastian v. Ortiz   11thCIR   14MAR2019

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Key Phrases: Qualified Immunity, Use of Force, Handcuffs In this 42 USC 1983 civil suit for excessive use of force, the plaintiff alleged that police officers intentionally applied handcuffs too tight for the purpose of inflicting pain and that this use of force was gratuitous and excessive because he was under control and was obeying […]

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Cruise-Gulyas v. Minard   6thCIR   13MAR2019

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Key Phrases: Traffic Stop, Seizure, First Amendment, Free Speech, Qualified Immunity “Fits of rudeness or lack of gratitude may violate the Golden Rule. But that doesn’t make them illegal or for that matter punishable or for that matter grounds for a seizure.” In this case, an officer gave a driver a break when he cited […]

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United States v. Higgins-Vogt 7thCIR 21DEC2018

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In this case, a confession was almost lost as a result of a third-party who pretended to be a mental health counselor and convinced the defendant to confess to police that he had committed a murder.  The defendant (Higgins-Vogt) met with the “counselor” several times.  The counselor stated her goal was to get inmates to […]

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United States v. Bey 3rdCIR 21DEC2018

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At about 10:00 PM, Philadelphia police officers pulled a car over in a high-crime area for failing to come to a complete stop. There were three people in the car and each produced identification.  A warrant check revealed no outstanding warrants, but the officers smelled marijuana and saw marijuana residue on the floorboard and they […]

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United States v. Martinez 10thCIR 18DEC2018

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At 11:41AM, a Wells Fargo was robbed in Winslow, Arizona. The dispatcher identified two suspects: a man wearing a Bud Light hat and a man running “from the bank in the alley wearing a blue-and-white checkered shirt and blue jeans.”  At 12:13 PM, another report came in regarding a suspicious white Cadillac driven by a […]