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Sanders-El v. Wencewicz

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
987 F.2d 483 (8th Cir. 1993)


On May 19, 1989, Sorkis Sanders-El (plaintiff) was pulled over and subsequently arrested pursuant to an outstanding warrant. Sanders-El was handcuffed and placed in a police car, at which point he kicked open the door and fled. The police officers (defendants) pursued and caught him, and as they did Sanders-El sustained injuries to his face, head and eye. He brought suit against the officers under § 1983, alleging that the officers used excessive force in apprehending him. The first trial resulted in a hung jury and was ruled a mistrial by the trial judge. The second trial resulted in a verdict in the officers’ favor. Sanders-El appealed, arguing that there were several prejudicial errors that resulted in the jury’s verdict for the defendant.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Heaney, J.)

Dissent (Bowman, J.)

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