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Seymour v. City of Des Moines, 06-3842

In an action instituted by a father against a city and police officers arising from his detention during investigations prior to his child's death, grant of summary judgment for defendants is affirmed where: 1) although the detention was unsupported by a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, the officer made a reasonable mistake as to his actions so as to be afforded qualified immunity; 2) procedures adopted by the city do not violate federal law or direct its employees to do so; and 3) defendants are entitled to emergency response immunity under Iowa Code sections 670.12 and sections 670.4(11).

Appellate Information

  • Decided 03/25/2008
  • Published 03/25/2008


  • WOLLMAN, Circuit Judge., Before WOLLMAN, BRIGHT, and JOHN R. GIBSON, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Eighth Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Bruce Henry Stoltze, argued, West Des Moines, IA, for Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Mark Godwin, argued, Des Moines, IA, for Appellee.