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Wilkerson v. City of Akron, Ohio

Akron, Ohio officer responds to call about two suspicious men in neighborhood, stops two men standing on sidewalk. One man twists away from a pat-down; a struggle ensues; the man’s pistol discharges and he runs away. The cop shoots him dead. Sixth Circuit: No qualified immunity for the stop and frisk; we saw the dashcam video, and a jury should, too, to determine whether the men appeared dangerous. But qualified immunity for the shooting; a scuffle, discharged gun, and fleeing suspect might very well lead an officer to believe the situation dangerous.


Tags: 2018, Police, Qualified Immunity, Sixth Circuit

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