The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

Supreme Court Reverses Grant of Qualified Immunity for Police Officers Who Ordered Arrestee to Stop Praying

July 11, 2018

In recent years, academics and the plaintiff’s bar have complained about the Supreme Court frequently reversing lower court decisions which have denied requests by police officers for qualified immunity. Last month, however, in Sause v. Bauer, No. 17-742 (June 28, 2018) the Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision which had granted qualified immunity to…

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Illinois Appellate Court Rules That The Personnel Records Review Act Exempts a Police Officer’s Disciplinary Records From A FOIA Request

June 27, 2018

In Johnson v. Joliet Police Department and City of Joliet, 2018 IL App (3d) 170726, the plaintiff sought disciplinary records of a police officer through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The Police Department responded by explaining it had no records relating to citizen complaints against the officer and no disciplinary records less than…

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Supreme Court Rules That Probable Cause Does Not Automatically Bar Retaliatory Arrest Claims

June 27, 2018

On June 18, 2018, the Supreme Court decided Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, 585 U. S. ____ (2018). In Lozman, a vocal critic of city officials owned a floating home in a marina in Riviera Beach, Florida. Over the course of his residency in the city, the resident often spoke during public comment during…

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Seventh Circuit Appellate Court Grants Qualified Immunity to Jail Superintendent for his Decision to Place Inmate in Restraint Chair

June 27, 2018

Earlier this month, the Seventh Circuit considered an appeal in Broadfield v. McGrath pressed by officials of Livingston County that they were entitled to summary judgment in a case filed by a mentally ill inmate who claimed that he was not properly cared for when he had a mental breakdown in the Livingston County Jail. In…

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Court Grants Summary Judgment Against Jail Inmate Claiming Unsatisfactory Treatment of MRSA

June 27, 2018

Earlier this month, Judge Sue Myerscough granted summary judgment in the Central District of Illinois in favor of all defendants in Longstreet v. Huffines.  In that case, a jail inmate (Marcus Longstreet) claimed that the jail’s physician’s assistant and head nurse had not treated him for MRSA and that they had also prescribed unnecessary medications…

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