Losee v. City of Chico

Motorist with broken taillight flees traffic stop, crashes into utility pole. Concerned for the motorist’s safety, a Chico, Calif. officer approaches her car from the rear, shoots at her as she backs the car up slowly. She changes course, accelerates—into the path of other officers and potentially the public—so the officer fires twice more. The other officers fire too. She dies. District court: Qualified immunity all around. Ninth Circuit: Reversed in part. No qualified immunity for the first officer. (H/t: Police4aqi blog.)

Tags: 2018, Ninth Circuit, Police, Qualified Immunity

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