Begin v. Drouin

Man acquitted of felony theft by reason of insanity is committed to Augusta, Maine mental hospital where he spends 10 years. He’s then moved to a group residential program, but after a year, medical staff decide he needs to be recommitted. Man does not take the news well, whips knife out of his pocket, starts stabbing himself. Police officer shoots him three times without warning. Qualified immunity? First Circuit: Not if a jury agrees with the man’s version of events. Go to trial.

Tags: 2018, First Circuit, Police, Qualified Immunity

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