Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Judge Leeson Addresses Validity of Section 1983 Excessive Force Civil Rights Allegations


To the extent you may have an excessive force civil rights cause of action, you may be interested in the recent Opinion issued by Eastern District Federal Court Judge Joseph F. Leeson, Jr., in the case of Wright v. Whitehall Township, No. 5:20-CV-02664 (E.D. Pa. Jan. 12, 2021 Leeson, J.).

According to the Opinion, this civil rights action stems from an altercation between police officers and a group of teenagers attending a high school basketball game. After a melee between the teenagers and the officers, the Plaintiffs filed various Section 1983 civil rights claims, including claims of excessive force, retaliation, deliberately indifference policies, practices, customs, training and supervision, along with claims of state-created danger-substantive due process claims, conspiracy to violate civil rights claims, and violation of equal rights claims.

After reviewing the various Motions to Dismiss filed by various Defendants, the court dismissed many of the claims but allowed the Plaintiff to file an Amended Complaint.

Anyone wishing to review a copy of this decision for the latest on the law in excessive force civil rights claims may click this LINK.


I send thanks to Attorney W. Christian Moffitt of the Blue Bell, PA office of the Fox Rothschild, LLP law firm for sending this decision to my attention.

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