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Ames v. King County, 14-36035

In a 42 U.S.C. section 1983 action in which plaintiff alleged, among other things, that deputies violated her Fourth Amendment rights by using excessive force during an arrest and unlawfully searching her truck, the district court's summary judgment denying qualified immunity to defendants is reversed where the deputies were entitled to qualified immunity because their actions were objectively reasonable in light of the urgent need to deliver life-saving care to an overdose victim, and to ensure the safety of everyone at the scene.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2017/01/13




  • United States Ninth Circuit