Burton v. City of Zion

Driver is scared to pull over for police, because the last time this happened she was tased while handcuffed, leading to an excessive force lawsuit. So guess what happens when she instead drives home slowly before exiting her van: A straight-arm takedown by the same taser-happy officer. Should the jury in her new excessive-force case have been allowed to know about the earlier incident? Seventh Circuit: A reasonable officer would have at least considered whether the driver was slow to pull over because she was scared of being subject to excessive force again; the trial court shouldn’t have dismissed the earlier incident so lightly.

Tags: 2018, Excessive Force, Police, Seventh Circuit

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