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CASE ENTRY

Barton v. Ledbetter

Drunk driver is taken to jail after car accident. He can’t follow simple instructions, answer basic questions, or even stand without assistance. One officer has never seen anyone in such bad shape. But rather than get medical help, Hot Spring County, Ark. booking officer just locks him up. Driver dies that night of heart failure. Eighth Circuit: No qualified immunity for that. A jury could find that the booking officer was deliberately indifferent. (But her supervisor is off the hook. No jurisdiction to decide about the county.)


Tags: 2018, Eighth Circuit, Police, Qualified Immunity

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