COURT REJECTS QUALIFIED IMMUNITY FOR OFFICERS WHO SHOT WAYNE JONES 22 TIMES
COURT: NO QUALIFIED IMMUNITY
More than seven years ago, Wayne Jones was stopped by police in West Virginia for not walking on the sidewalk.
Less than half an hour later, Jones was dead, after police tasered, choked, beat, and shot him 22 times while he lay on the ground.
To avoid any legal liability for his death, the officers claimed they were entitled to “qualified immunity,” which shields government officials from civil rights lawsuits, unless the rights had been “clearly established.”
But on Tuesday, the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals unanimously rejected qualified immunity for the officers, which would have enshrined the “fear-based use of deadly force, which we cannot accept.”
“Non-cooperation with law enforcement has never given officers carte blanche to use deadly force against a suspect,” Judge Henry Floyd wrote for the court.
DAWG SAYS: THIS HAS BEEN HAPPENING MORE AND MORE THE LAST FEW YEARS.
NOW RECENT EVENTS WILL PUSH THIS FORWARD.