Strand v. Minchuk

Allegation: Truck driver declines to pay cash bribe solicited by Merrillville, Ind. officer in exchange for voiding parking ticket; instead, the driver takes photos documenting absence of nearby no-parking signs. The officer slaps the phone out of his hand, takes him to ground. The driver gets the better of the ensuing struggle, but he gets up and backs away with his hands raised, saying “I surrender.” The officer unholsters his gun and shoots the driver in the stomach. (The driver lives, gets convicted of felony battery on an officer). Seventh Circuit: The driver can sue the officer for excessive force.

Tags: 2018, Excessive Force, Police, Seventh Circuit

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