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Excessive Force

Jun 19, 2022

City may be liable for officers’ excessive force

A teenage girl’s claim that the City of Lynchburg was liable for injuries caused by the excessive force of its police officers has survived dismissal. The plaintiff alleged a theory of “municipal ratification” pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The city argued that it was impossible for a policy determination made after the fact to […]

Police dog standing with K9 officer
Apr 18, 2022

No qualified immunity: Excessive force claim against K-9 officer proceeds

A K-9 officer who ordered his dog to attack a man who had mental health issues without any evidence he was actually resisting can be sued for excessive force, a U.S. District Court has ruled. The court declined to find that qualified immunity barred the plaintiff’s claims of excessive force, assault and battery, holding that […]

May 14, 2018

Police excessive force claim settled for $6.5M – $6.5 Million Settlement

Plaintiff claimed that a police officer who encountered him used excessive force, causing him to suffer serious burns with permanent disfigurement. Plaintiff was hospitalized for 222 days and underwent 34 surgeries. Retired Judge Michael C. Allen with The McCammon Group served as mediator. The net proceeds of the settlement were structured by Ron Feinman of […]

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