Several St. Louis cops face federal charges for beating a man they thought was a protester and then covering up the encounter. Their victim turned out to be an undercover officer himself. The incident took place in September 2017, when protests erupted over the acquittal of former police officer Jason Stockley. (Stockley had shot and killed black driver Anthony Lamar Smith following a police chase.
Aaron Booth, 36, is in jail in Galveston County, Texas, for felony drug possession. He would be free if he could afford the $20,000 bail. But he can’t, and so in jail he remains. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the law firm Arnold and Porter filed a class-action suit Monday on behalf of Booth and people like him.
Ilann Margalit Maazel This column often addresses a recent Supreme Court or Second Circuit opinion on significant civil rights issues of the day. Today, though, we consider an important, recent law review article by Prof. William Baude: “Is Qualified Immunity Unlawful?,” 106 Cal.