Fletcher v. Tomlinson

St. Louis police beat up pedestrian who walked away from them. He spends six days in city jail (and gets a chest X-ray) before being transferred to Perry County, Mo. jail (80 miles away) because of traffic warrant there. After a week, he’s taken to the hospital. Yikes! He’s got facial fractures, bleeding in his brain and his kidneys are near failure. (All charges against him are dropped. He turns out not to have had contraband or been under the influence.) Jury: Two St. Louis officers are liable for $600k. Eighth Circuit: Evidence of excessive force is ample; no need to reconsider the award.

Tags: 2018, Eighth Circuit, Excessive Force, Police

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