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Morrison v. Bd. of Tr. of Green Township, No. 08-3051

By FindLaw Staff on October 08, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

In plaintiff's 42 U.S.C. section 1983 action against an officer who arrested her for domestic disturbance, district court's partial denial of defendant-officer's motion for summary judgment on the ground of qualified immunity is affirmed where: 1) plaintiff offered sufficient evidence to create a genuine issue of material fact regarding each element of the handcuffing test, including the injury requirement; and 2) a reasonable juror could find that no threat to the officer existed, and in the absence of a threat to officer safety, defendant cannot argue that he acted reasonably under the Fourth Amendment when he pushed plaintiff's face into the ground while she was incapacitated because use of force after a suspect has been incapacitated or neutralized is excessive as a matter of law. 

Read Morrison v. Bd. of Tr. of Green Township, No. 08-3051

Appellate Information

Argued: June 19, 2009

Decided and Filed: October 8, 2009


Opinion by Circuit Judge Keith


For Appellant:  Andrew E. Rudloff, Subashi, Wildermuth & Dinkler, Dayton, Ohio

For Appellee:  Norman J. Frankowski II, Flagel & Papakirk, Cincinnati, Ohio

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