Safety Law News for January 25, 2018

  • In Missouri, the United States District Court ruled that the following factors would determine whether handcuffing a student was a violation of the Fourth Amendment:  whether the student was out of control when the officer arrived, whether student attempted to flee, whether student continued to scream in the hallway with officer, whether student posed a safety threat in the hallway, and how long he was in handcuffs.  [K.W.P. v. Kansas City Public Schools]
  • In Kentucky, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that an award of $589,000 in compensatory damages and a punitive damages award of $500,000 was not excessive when a police officer wrongfully arrested a school counselor.  The court found that the officer’s conduct evinced clear indifference to or reckless disregard for counselor’s health and safety. [Wesley v. Campbell]

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