TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Aug 23, 2019
An off-duty Maryville reserve officer is liable for holding three unarmed teenagers at gunpoint after a car accident in 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled this week, Knoxnews reports. Maurice Dixon should have known it was unconstitutional to hold at gunpoint three teens who were not running away and were not suspected of any crimes beyond speeding and reckless driving, the court ruled. The decision overturned an earlier one by Chief U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan, who set aside a jury's verdict and ruled Dixon should be immune from Vanderhoef's civil claims due to a legal doctrine called "qualified immunity."