Beaten Over a Tomato

A man who was arrested and beaten by an off-duty police officer after a Walmart store’s loss prevention officer believed she saw him shoplifting a tomato may pursue his false imprisonment claim against the store, a Georgia appeals court ruled. The man had paid for his groceries, including the tomato, but believed he had been overcharged for the tomato and had gone back to the produce department to weigh it.

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Death in Police Custody

Police officers in an excessive force case brought by the family of Terrell Day, who died from restricted breathing while in custody, are entitled to immunity, the Seventh Circuit ruled, finding that the handcuffs were used “in a manner that would not have harmed an average arrestee” and the officers did not know they were causing the man’s breathing trouble.

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Slew of New Laws Take Effect Nationwide on New Year’s Day

The new year will bring new fees for some owners of electric vehicles, as an increasing number of states seek to plug in to fresh revenue sources to offset forgone gas taxes. In Hawaii, the charge will be $50. In Kansas, $100. In Alabama and Ohio, $200.

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