Thursday, January 6, 2022

Section 1983 Claims Allowed to Proceed Against Police Officers

In the case of Estate of Ronald Singletary v. City of Philadelphia, No. 2:19-CV-00190-JMY (E.D. Pa. Nov. 10, 2021 Young, J.), the court granted in part and denied in part, a Motion for Summary Judgment filed by Defendant police officers and the City of Philadelphia for summary judgment in response to the Plaintiff’s §1983 excessive force, failure to train, and state-created danger cause of action.

According to the Opinion, the Plaintiff alleged that the officer shot the Plaintiff’s decedent while trying to arrest him for contempt of court.

In reviewing the record before it, the court found that there was sufficient evidence to show that the officers’ conduct amounted to excessive force and was the proximate cause of the Plaintiff’s death.

However, the court dismissed the claims of municipal liability and state-created danger.

Anyone wishing to review a copy of this decision may click this LINK.

Source: “Digest of Recent Opinions.” Pennsylvania Law Weekly (Dec. 3, 2021).

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