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Police Use Excessive Force

Wed, 03/12/2014

Estate of Marvin L. Booker, et al. v. Gomez, et al.: After being arrested for failure to appear at a hearing regarding a drug charge, Marvin Booker died as officers restrained him in response to his alleged resistance. Officers pinned him face-down to the ground, one placed him in a chokehold, and another tased him. The District Court denied the officers’ motion for summary judgment on qualified immunity grounds, finding that the officers used excessive force and then failed to appropriately tend to Booker’s resulting need for medical attention.


The Tenth Circuit Court affirmed the decision.

Read the full decision here