Johnson v. City of Olympia

Night-shift worker: Olympia, Wash. officer tailed me as I returned to office in company vehicle and uniform (after completing repair job off site). Then he inexplicably reported a potential burglary in progress, and officers barged into the office unannounced, pointed guns, knocked me down, detained me for 45 minutes, laughed and high-fived. Officer: I didn’t tail him; I just saw the office had an open door and decided to investigate. District court: Could be excessive force, but the worker’s claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress can’t go; the conduct alleged isn’t “‘utterly intolerable in a civilized society.’” (H/t: Police4aqi.)

Tags: 2018, Excessive Force, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Police, Western District of Washington

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