Williams v. Godby

Two women laugh loudly in parked car, which draws the attention of Smyrna, Tenn. officer. A pat-down of one woman, who is not thrilled at being detained and speaks up about it, turns up a tiny bottle of liquor. Officers take her to ground, breaking her clavicle. Officer: After she kicked me. Woman: Didn’t do that. Dashcam video: Inconclusive. State court: After confirming the women were laughing, not fighting, the officer shouldn’t have continued the encounter. Dismiss all charges against her. Sixth Circuit: And she can sue for excessive force.

Tags: 2018, Excessive Force, Police, Sixth Circuit

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