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West v. City of Caldwell

Allegation: Caldwell, Idaho police threaten to arrest woman for harboring a fugitive if she doesn’t consent to search of her house. She consents but isn’t told they’re sending in a SWAT team. The raid leaves gaping holes in ceilings and walls and saturates the house with tear gas, rendering it uninhabitable for two months. (The fugitive isn’t there.) Can she sue? Two-thirds of a Ninth Circuit panel says no.


Tags: 2019, Ninth Circuit, Police, Qualified Immunity

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