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Excessive Force

In a dispute arising from the arrest of a man who had threatened his girlfriend and her daughters with a chainsaw, the Ninth Circuit reversed a ruling in favor of one of the arresting officers, finding that controlling precedent at the time “put officers on notice” that kneeling on a prone and non-resisting person’s back so hard as to cause injury was excessive.

SAN FRANCISCO — In a dispute arising from the arrest of a man who had threatened his girlfriend and her daughters with a chainsaw, the Ninth Circuit reversed a ruling in favor of one of the arresting officers, finding that controlling precedent at the time “put officers on notice” that kneeling on a prone and nonresisting person’s back so hard as to cause injury was excessive.

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