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The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the argument put forth by the National Police Association in the amicus brief it filed on behalf of the City of Ferguson, Missouri; former Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, and former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, supporting their motion to dismiss in the case of Johnson v. City of Ferguson, et al.
The issue was whether the plaintiff, Dorian Johnson was seized at the time that Officer Wilson had only ordered him to get off the street, and whether the qualified immunity rule applied to Officer Wilson. The brief argued Plaintiff Johnson was not seized by Officer Wilson, that the qualified immunity rule should apply and that the lawsuit should be dismissed.
August - Ferguson - Missouri - Michael - Brown
On August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, Michael Brown and the plaintiff in this lawsuit, Dorian Johnson were observed by Officer Wilson to be walking in the roadway. Defendant Darren Wilson testified he ordered them to move to the sidewalk. After Brown and Johnson refused to comply, they approached Wilson with Brown attacking Officer Wilson in his police vehicle. A fight commenced over control of Wilson’s handgun. Brown and Johnson then fled, with Wilson in pursuit. Brown turned to attack Wilson again and was fatally shot by Wilson.
Violent protests followed the encounter. Repeating false claims that Brown had surrendered before he was shot, protesters chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot.” Protests, vandalism and looting, continued for over a week in Ferguson.
Aftermath - Events - Narrative - Police - Misconduct
In the aftermath of these events an erroneous narrative of police misconduct has produced what is now known as the “Ferguson Effect”. The Ferguson Effect has become so prevalent as to embolden...
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