King v. United States

Grand Rapids, Mich. plainclothes officers stop suspected home invader. He says they never identified themselves, so he ran from what he thought was a mugging. The officers give chase and beat him. Bystanders say they’re “out of control,” “brutal,” “gonna kill him.” And it’s the wrong guy: The man they beat looks nothing like the photo they have of the real suspect. District court: Qualified immunity. Sixth Circuit (deploying photos of the man and the real suspect to great effect): Reversed. The case is going to trial. (A dissent propounds technical objections.)

Tags: 2019, Fourth Amendment, Qualified Immunity, Sixth Circuit

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