Brown v. City of Atlanta

Atlanta officers have search, arrest warrants for nightclub, but it’s closed when they show up, so they decide to “attack” other commercial properties nearby. Without knocking, they enter what turns out to be a private motorcycle clubhouse (Dirty South Slab Riders) at 4 a.m. and arrest its owner for failing to produce business and alcohol licenses. Georgia court: He didn’t need those licenses. District court: He can sue the officers. Eleventh Circuit: Reversed. The officers could have reasonably believed he did need the licenses. The owner’s claims against the city can still go though.

Tags: 2019, Eleventh Circuit, Licensing, Search Warrant

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