United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
634 F.3d 865 (6th Cir. 2011)
On April 6, 2007, Officer Curtis Carney, Jr. (defendant) observed Jerry T. Coble (plaintiff) crossing the fog line on a highway several times and ordered Coble to stop. After Coble refused to cooperate, Carney struggled with Coble and handcuffed him with the assistance of Officer Scott Bilbrey (defendant), fracturing Coble’s ankle in the process. According to Coble, his ankle was visibly broken, yet Carney made Coble walk on his fractured foot. Coble testified that he was screaming and calling Carney names, and that Carney eventually stopped and dropped Coble face-first on the ground. In contrast, Carney testified that, after handcuffing Coble, he walked with Coble to his car until Coble said his leg was broken. Carney testified that once he saw Coble’s leg was broken, he had Coble sit down. Coble subsequently brought suit against the defendants alleging excessive force, among other causes of action. Upon a motion for summary judgment brought by defendants, the district court rejected Coble’s version of events because it was contradicted by an audio recording captured by a microphone worn by Carney that night. Finding that Coble’s testimony failed to raise a genuine issue of fact, the district court granted summary judgment in favor of Carney.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Bell, J.)
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