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CASE ENTRY

Thompson v. Rahr

Suspect, already searched, is unarmed, sitting compliantly on the bumper of a squad car, and being watched over by an armed King County, Wash. officer. Nonetheless, another officer allegedly points a gun at the suspect’s head and threatens to kill him. Is that so wrong? It’s wrong, says the Ninth CircuitSo wrong? Not so wrong that every reasonable officer would have understood it was unconstitutional. Qualified immunity.


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

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