0 comments on “The Ninth Circuit Creates a Difficult and Dangerous Standard for Officers: An Analysis of Vos v. City Of Newport Beach (June 11, 2018)”

The Ninth Circuit Creates a Difficult and Dangerous Standard for Officers: An Analysis of Vos v. City Of Newport Beach (June 11, 2018)

Key Facts of Vos v. City of Newport Beach On May 29, 2014, at around 8:15 p.m., Gerritt Vos entered a 7-Eleven in an agitated manner, prompting someone to call 911. The Newport Police Department dispatch advised the responding officers…

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Summary Judgment Is Granted Based On Principles Of Qualified Immunity

On May 18, 2018, in Michael Easley v. City of Riverside, Sergio Diaz and Silvio Macias, the California Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court’s sua sponte[1] grant of summary judgment in favor of police officers who shot plaintiff three…

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SCOTUS Reverses Ninth Circuit And Finds Officer Is Immune From Liability In Excessive Force Case

On April 2, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States, in Andrew Kisela v. Amy Hughes, granted summary judgment in favor of police officer Andrew Kisela on the grounds that he was entitled to a qualified immunity – an…

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2017 Year in Review: A Look Back at the Biggest Stories in Law Enforcement and Corrections

Sexual Harassment takes the Spotlight: As sexual harassment and sexual assault claims sweep through all types of industries, law enforcement and correctional agencies should be prepared to handle these matters - both amongst employees, pretrial detainees, and inmates who may…

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Do Body Cameras Lead To Fewer Citizen Complaints? A Recent Study Says No.

Last month, the New York Times reported on a recent Washington, D.C. study on the use of police body cameras.  As part of the study, the D.C. Metro police department randomly split 2,000 officers into two groups – one group…

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Court of Appeal Reverses $4 Million Verdict Awarded to Officers Benched for “Political Reasons” After Shooting

In 2010, Officers Diego and Corrales were involved in an officer-involved-shooting, which resulted in the death of Steve Washington, a 27-year-old African American male who was autistic. The Department found that both Officers’ decisions to exhibit their firearms and to…

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Criminal Record Clear for a Civil Suit? Court of Appeal Says Think Again

Individuals who are criminally convicted of resisting arrest are typically barred from pursuing civil claims for excessive force unless they have their conviction overturned. However, what happens when that person has the conviction cleared from their record under Penal Code…

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Tactics Matter: How An Otherwise Lawful Officer-Involved Shooting Can Give Rise to Liability Based on an Officer’s Pre-Shooting Conduct

One of the major trends in law enforcement policies and tactics is an increased emphasis on de-escalation tactics prior to an officer’s use of force. Some agencies have begun to require officers to make an attempt to de-escalate a situation,…