Law Enforcement Liability: Recent Developments under Section 1983

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This program was recorded on April 18th, 2019

If you litigate or advise on § 1983, get ahead of the opposition. This Webinar will cover new directions on the police use of force, trends, controversies, resources, and much more.



  • Wayne 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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      • 2 General Credits
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    1. Supreme Court cases decided in and pending in 2018-19: Kisela v. Hughes (qualified immunity defense to shooting); District of Columbia v. Wesby (qualified immunity defense to false arrest); Nieves v. Bartlett (probable cause defense to retaliatory arrest); and five others.
    2. Limitations on Taser use and why Taser (now called Axon) discontinued its high risk X26 model.
    3. Use of force against EDPs (emotionally disturbed persons); de-escalation; the exigent circumstances exception to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act); re-thinking the 21-foot edged weapons rule; and defusing situations through ICAT (the Police Executive Research Forum’s Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics) training.
    4. The IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) consensus policy against shooting at vehicles and Supreme Court cases going in a different direction like Mullenix v. Luna and Plumhoff v. Rickard on qualified immunity.
    5. Deadly force analysis after the Supreme Court’s rejection of the “provocation” theory in County of Los Angeles v. Mendez.
    6. The body worn camera (BWC) debate on when officers should view their recordings.
    7. Plus resources and links you can use in your practice.

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