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A Primer on Excessive Force and the Fourth Amendment

A Primer on Excessive Force and the Fourth Amendment

A Primer on Excessive Force and the Fourth Amendment

All police must comply with the U.S. Constitution. When they don’t, the harm police cause is unjustified, and its impact can be far reaching. In this presentation, we introduce you to the major issues that arise in representing people harmed by police during an “arrest, investigatory stop, or other seizure.” We will take a practical look at the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable seizures, and the primary vehicle for addressing excessive police force—42 U.S.C. § 1983. In doing so, we will explore Fourth Amendment excessive force caselaw, including the doctrine of qualified immunity, and touch on the hot topic of police bodycams.


Presenters

Jason Potter
Staff Presenter
Jason Potter
Staff Presenter

Course Materials

A Primer on Excessive Force and the Fourth Amendment Handout

A Primer on Excessive Force and the Fourth Amendment Supplemental Materials


Course Details

On demand
1h 0m 37s