Johnson v. City of Ferguson, Missouri

Ferguson, Mo. officer shoots, kills 18-year-old, touching off widespread unrest. At the time of the shooting, the teen was with a friend, who claims he was unlawfully seized during the encounter, and an Eighth Circuit panel allowed the friend’s claim to proceed. But the full Eighth Circuit disagrees, 6–4. The officer may have (as alleged) told teen and the friend to “get the fuck on the sidewalk,” blocked their path with his car, and begun the deadly confrontation with the teen. But the friend was free to—and did—run away. So he wasn’t seized.

Tags: 2019, Eighth Circuit, En Banc, Searches and Seizures

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