Z.J. v. Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners

Allegation: Kansas City, Mo. police apprehend homicide suspect. (Turns out he’s innocent.) Nonetheless, detectives then send SWAT into his home to search for evidence. Yikes! The suspect hasn’t lived there for months; there’s no evidence to be found. Instead, there are four innocent occupants, including a 2-year-old who suffers a significant development regression after officers ignite a flash-bang grenade in the room she’s in. Eighth Circuit (over two partial dissents): No qualified immunity for the SWAT officers; qualified immunity for the detectives.

Tags: 2019, Eighth Circuit, Police, Qualified Immunity

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