Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Supreme Court rules in favor of inmate with excessive force claim

The Supreme Court on Monday made it easier for pre-trial inmates to bring claims against jail officials for using excessive force, ruling that officers will be held to an objective standard about whether the use of force was reasonable.

The case, Kingsley v. Hendrickson, dealt with an excessive force claim filed by Michael Kingsley who was arrested on drug charges in Wisconsin in 2010. During a struggle with guards, Kingsley was tased for five seconds on the direction of Sergeant Stan Hendrickson.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/jail-inmate-excessive-force-supreme-court-119283.html

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