Police Not Liable for Handcuffing Obese Suspect Who Died

Jan. 13, 2020, 3:14 PM

Police officers who chased an obese suspect and handcuffed him behind his back are entitled to qualified immunity from his parents’ claim they caused his death, the Seventh Circuit said.

Terrell Day didn’t have a clearly established right to have the officers determine an appropriate position for the cuffs or assess his condition before putting them on, the opinion by Judge Daniel E. Manion said.

Day was 18 years old and weighed 312 pounds when security officers at an Indianapolis mall stopped him for shoplifting. They called police, but Day took off running.

When the police caught Day, he was ...

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