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Henderson v. City of Woodbury

Woodbury, Minn. hotel room party becomes hostage situation when a guest whips out a gun. A teen flees the room; police shoot him dead. District court: Qualified immunity. Eighth Circuit: Reversed. There’s a factual dispute about whether the victim failed to comply with the officers’ commands—giving rise to a reasonable belief that he posed a threat—or whether (as one officer suggested immediately afterward) he was shot while lying on the ground and complying fully with the officers’ orders. We need a trial to sort that out.


Tags: 2018, Eighth Circuit, Police, Qualified Immunity

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