April 06th, 2018
US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Opinions
Lincoln v. Colleyville, Texas
Dockets: 17-10201, 17-10841
Opinion Date: April 5, 2018
Judge: Edith Brown Clement
Areas of Law: Civil Rights, Constitutional Law
The Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of qualified immunity to three officers who responded to a shooting incident involving plaintiff's father. The court held that, although the officers violated plaintiff's Fourth Amendment rights by detaining her for four hours without probable cause, such a right was not so clearly established that the officers could be liable. The court explained that it, as well as other circuits, have determined that officers acting under similar circumstances—detaining a sole witness for questioning and investigative preservation—did not violate any clearly established right. The court reasoned that it followed that these officers similarly were not bound by any such clearly established law.
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