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Phillips v. Curtis

Georgetown, Ky. police officer shoots driver “at some unspecified point” after the driver hit a police cruiser with her car. The driver later pleads guilty to wantonly endangering the officer’s life. Does this plea bar the driver’s excessive force lawsuit? Sixth Circuit: It depends. If the officer shot because he was in danger, the claim is barred. If he shot after the threat had ended, it isn’t. Remanded for limited discovery.


Tags: 2019, Excessive Force, Police, Sixth Circuit

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