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Stanfield v. City of Lima

Lima, Ohio police take sexagenarian drunk driving suspect to ground; one officer knees him repeatedly, fracturing a rib, when he doesn’t produce his hands for cuffing (allegedly because they’re pinned underneath him). Sixth Circuit: The knees were excessive force, but our precedent puts officers on notice not to beat people (who might be offering slight resistance) only in booking rooms—this was a traffic stop. The man can’t sue.


Tags: 2018, Excessive Force, Police, Sixth Circuit

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