Westfall v. Luna

Fifth Circuit: Officers seeking to conduct a “knock and talk” need to back off if no one answers the door—either to conduct more surveillance, get a warrant, or call it a day. What they can’t do is repeatedly bang on the door, call residents on the phone, and peek in windows at 2 a.m. So no qualified immunity for Southlake, Tex. officers who allegedly did that and also body-slammed an unresisting, practically blind mother onto brick steps. (Local news write-up of the incident here.)

Tags: 2018, Fifth Circuit, Police, Qualified Immunity

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