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Supreme Court Rules for Officer in Excessive Force Case

April 02, 2018  | 

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The Supreme Court on Monday ruled for an Arizona police officer who shot a woman outside her home in Tucson. The court’s decision was unsigned and issued without full briefing and oral argument, an indication that the majority found the case to be easy.

In an impassioned dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the majority had gone badly astray, the New York Times reports.

The case dated to 2010 and involved the shooting of a woman armed with a knife.

She survived and sued the officer for using excessive force. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, allowed the case to proceed.

The Supreme Court reversed that ruling, saying that Officer Kisela was entitled to qualified immunity, a doctrine that shields officials from suits over violations of constitutional rights that were not clearly established at the time of the conduct in question.

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Retired NY Boss @ 4/2/2018 6:30 PM

Score one for the good guys!

Trigger @ 4/3/2018 4:14 AM

This goes back to many, many police shootings where the suspect was told to drop a weapon but refused. If the suspect would have stabbed the officer or the other person questions would have been raised as to why the officer did not take action. The liberals on the Court need to open their eyes to reality and stop trying to protect the idiots that refuse to comply with lawful police directions.

A9rmagnet @ 4/3/2018 5:41 AM

Well at least the (majority) of the US Supreme Court still has our back. Thanks Obama for the dissent.

Deputy JJG @ 4/3/2018 8:09 AM

Once again the 9th Circuit gets slapped down. When are those clowns going to go with the rest of the country? Geez. JJG 37 yr. Tx. LEO

Grey Bear @ 4/3/2018 1:12 PM

This article contains at least two "duh" statements: the 9th Group of Lunatics allowed the case to proceed, and Comrade Sotomayor apparently belongs in that group. The 9th Circuit is, well, I guess its just fitting that they're in Klownifornia with the rest of the misfits.

I71 @ 4/7/2018 1:11 PM

Typical California left wing minions .. once again, proof it's about protecting the thugs and complete disregard for potential or actual victims ..California is in the toilet thanks to liberals, governor brown, the mayors of San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Skiman94 @ 4/11/2018 9:10 AM

Once again, the 9th Circus is proven wrong.

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