United States Ninth Circuit

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Shafer v. County of Santa Barbara, 15-56548

Vacating a jury verdict and damages award and reversing the decision in the case of a policeman who performed a leg sweep on a college student that refused to drop the water balloons they were holding because the officer enjoyed a qualified immunity for his acts because the law has not clearly established that an officer cannot progressively increase their force from verbal commands to physical acts when a misdemeanant refuses to comply with the officer's orders.

Appellate Information

  • Argued
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  • Decided
  • Published 2017/08/29




  • United States Ninth Circuit


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