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Perrin v. Anderson

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
784 F.2d 1040 (10th Cir. 1986)


Facts

Perrin was in a car accident and became violent when two officers (defendants) went to his home to question him about it. A fight ensued and one of the officers shot and killed Perrin. The administratrix of Perrin’s estate (plaintiff) brought a civil rights claim seeking compensatory and punitive damages arising from Perrin’s death. The officers claimed self-defense. At trial, the court allowed four other police officers to testify that they had been involved in previous violent encounters with Perrin, and that Perrin apparently hated police and always reacted violently when he came into contact with them. The administratrix appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Logan, J.)

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