Bell v. City of Milwaukee

746 F.2d 1205 (1984)

From our private database of 46,100+ case briefs, written and edited by humans—never with AI.

Bell v. City of Milwaukee

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
746 F.2d 1205 (1984)

Facts

Daniel Bell, a 23-year-old Black man, was pulled over by two Milwaukee police officers, Thomas Grady Jr. and Louis Krause (defendants). Bell fled on foot and was chased by the officers. Grady caught up with Bell and reached out to apprehend him. At this point, Grady fired his revolver into Bell’s back, killing him. The officers decided to plant a knife on Bell and claim that he was swinging the knife at the officers in order to justify the shooting. Bell’s family, including his father Dolphus Bell, (plaintiffs) believed the officers were lying and pushed for an internal investigation, which ultimately found that the killing was justified. Years later, Krause confessed that he and Grady lied and concealed the actual events. Grady was convicted and sentenced to prison. By this time, Bell’s father, Dolphus, had died without recovering for his son’s death. His family brought suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on behalf of themselves, the estate of Daniel Bell, and the estate of Dolphus Bell. After a trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of all plaintiffs and awarded $75,000 to the estate of Dolphus Bell for loss of society and companionship. The defendants appealed, claiming that § 1983 does not recognize a parent’s claim for the loss of an adult child.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Cummings, C.J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 748,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.

    Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.

    Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee

Here's why 748,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 46,100 briefs, keyed to 987 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership
Here's why 748,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
  • Reliable - written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students
  • The right length and amount of information - includes the facts, issue, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents
  • Access in your class - works on your mobile and tablet
  • 46,100 briefs - keyed to 987 casebooks
  • Uniform format for every case brief
  • Written in plain English - not in legalese and not just repeating the court's language
  • Massive library of related video lessons - and practice questions
  • Top-notch customer support

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership