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Williams v. City of Champaign, 07-1619

In an action alleging false arrest and use of excessive force by police and private security, summary judgment in favor of defendants is affirmed where: 1) the drawing of weapons at plaintiff's approaching car did not constitute an excessive use of force; 2) handcuffing and briefly questioning a juvenile while police fill out a juvenile contact form does not give rise to damages; 3) private security guards who erroneously reported the alleged crime to police are not liable in tort to a person arrested as a consequence of the error; and 4) plaintiffs failed to show a connection between the violation of a training statute and the harm incurred.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 01/07/2008
  • Decided 04/29/2008
  • Published 04/29/2008


  • POSNER, Circuit Judge., Before POSNER, ROVNER, and WOOD, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Ruth E. Wyman (argued), Champaign, IL, for Plaintiffs-Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • David E. Krchak, Deidra A. Norris (argued), Thomas, Mamer & Haughey, Champaign, IL, Henry W. Austin, Jr. (argued), Kopka, Pinkus, Dolin & Eads, Chicago, IL, for Defendants-Appellees.
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