• United States Supreme Court Holds that Qualified Immunity Bars Fourth Amendment Claim in Deadly Police Pursuit Case
  • December 10, 2015 | Author: J. David Marsey
  • Law Firm: Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Professional Association - Tallahassee Office
  • The United States Supreme Court recently held1 that an officer’s use of deadly force by shooting the driver of a vehicle during a high-speed pursuit did not violate a clearly established Fourth Amendment right, and therefore, the officer was entitled to qualified immunity. In finding the officer immune, the court reversed the lower courts’ decisions and reaffirmed the need to conduct an analysis of the specific facts faced by the officer when comparing them to prior decisions interpreting the Fourth Amendment.