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High Court Takes Up Police Shooting Excessive Force Appeal

Dec. 18, 2019, 4:10 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal from a woman who was shot by police but had her suit alleging excessive force rejected because a lower court said that the fact that she drove away and eluded capture meant that she wasn’t technically seized for Fourth Amendment purposes.

At the urging of an array of interest groups and scholars, the justices will take on the case of Roxanne Torres to decide whether an unsuccessful attempt to detain a suspect by use of physical force counts as a seizure.

The “stakes for the American public could not be higher,”...

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