Summary Judgment - Excessive Force November 2014
Lori A. Vanderlaan and Joseph E. Urani
Plaintiff claimed that during a response to a domestic violence call, Defendant police officers engaged in excessive force in apprehending Plaintiff and placing him in their squad car, injuring his head and his shins. He also claimed a lack of probable cause for the arrest. Defendant claimed that Plaintiff assaulted the officers and were resisting arrest, including being placed in the patrol car. Further, Defendants claimed that Plaintiff’s plea of guilty to assaulting a police officer defeated his false arrest claim and further demonstrated that the officers utilized reasonable force under the circumstances. Summary Judgment granted for both officers.