Reese v. County of Sacramento

Allegation: Holding a large knife, drunk Sacramento, Calif. man answers late-night knock at his door expecting angry neighbor with whom he’d been arguing. Yikes! It’s police; an officer shoots him. (He survives.) Jury: Excessive force. Pay him $534k. District court: Nope. Qualified immunity. Ninth Circuit: The last time we denied qualified immunity to an officer who shot a suspect who was holding but not brandishing a knife, the Supreme Court reversed; the officer here gets qualified immunity. But plaintiff gets a new trial on his state law claim.

Tags: 2018, Excessive Force, Ninth Circuit, Police, Qualified Immunity

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