Police Misconduct Update: Hot Topics under Section 1983



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This program was recorded on April 9, 2020

In this new course, the author gives you what’s hot in law enforcement liability under 42 U.S.C. § 1983: A review of the Supreme Court decisions last year, City of Escondido v. Emmons, Nieves v Bartlett, McDonough v. Smith, and preview of cases to be decided this year. A survey of the Circuits after County of Los Angeles v. Mendez on officers creating the need to use deadly force. Stepped-up attacks on the qualified immunity defense from the left and even the right. De-escalation and crisis intervention and the failure to train. Expert testimony and national policies on the use of force. Use of body worn camera evidence to win or defend summary judgment motions. Damages for wrongful death and survival: should state or federal law control?

Attorney Wayne C. BeyerWayne C. Beyer
Wayne C. Beyer is an experienced litigator, author, presenter, and former administrative appeals judge. Mr. Beyer has been lead counsel in 300-350 police misconduct and corrections cases as assistant corporation counsel (later called assistant attorney general) for the District of Columbia, and before that as outside counsel to New Hampshire’s Property and Liability Insurance Trust. He is the author of law review and magazine articles and the treatise Police Misconduct: A Practitioner’s Guide to Section 1983 (JURIS 2018). In addition, he has been a presenter on § 1983 at national programs for Georgetown University Law Center, the Defense Research Institute, the American Bar Association, and the Federal Judicial Center (for District and Magistrate Judges), and numerous webinars. Mr. Beyer holds degrees from Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and Georgetown University Law Center.

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  1. Trends and topics in law enforcement that will affect your practice:
  2. Odor of marijuana searches and driving on marijuana arrests
  3. Facial recognition technology and wrongful arrest
  4. BolaWrap and the search for less lethal force alternatives;
  5. The hiring shortage and failure to screen liability;
  6. State laws and new policies that restrict pursuits and deadly force.
  7. All this, plus written materials and links to additional resources