Mendez v. County of Los Angeles

Los Angeles County officers raid home without a warrant after getting tip that wanted man had been seen nearby. He’s not there, so officers proceed to a shack in the backyard where they encounter a pregnant woman and her husband. They shoot both of them. Ninth Circuit (2016): Pay $4 mil to the couple. SCOTUS: Vacated. The Ninth Circuit’s excessive force jurisprudence is out of step with the Fourth Amendment. Ninth Circuit (2018): The officers are still liable. (Click here for some longform journalism on the shooting.)

Tags: 2018, Excessive Force, Fourth Amendment, Ninth Circuit, Police

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