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Officers Are Unfairly Shielded from Excessive Force Liability, say Supreme Court Justices

By April 5, 2018 No Comments

This week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of an Arizona police officer who shot a woman holding a knife during a 911 response, reports NPR News. The majority of the justices agreed that the officer was immune from being sued by the woman “because his conduct did not violate ‘any clearly established statutory or constitutional right.'” But Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg strongly dissented from the majority, noting that the woman had been “nowhere near the officers, had committed no illegal act, was suspected of no crime, and did not raise the knife in the direction of the other woman or anyone else.” With this ruling, says Sotomayor, the Supreme Court is telling law enforcement they can “shoot first and think later.”