Brosseau v. Haugen Case Brief

Facts of the Case

“On February 21, 1999, Officer Rochelle Brosseau, a member of the Puyallup, Washington, Police Department, shot Kenneth Haugen in the back as he was attempting to flee from law-enforcement authorities in a motor vehicle. Haugen subsequently filed an action in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Haugen, which included a claim under 42 U.S.C.S. § 1983 against Brosseau, alleging that the shooting had constituted excessive force in violation of Haugen’s federal constitutional rights. The District Court granted summary judgment to Brosseau, finding that the police officer was entitled to qualified immunity from the § 1983 claim. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in reversing in pertinent part and in ordering a remand, expressed the view that summary judgment should not have been granted to Brosseau with respect to the § 1983 claim, for, when the evidence was construed in the light most favorable to Haugen, the officer’s alleged use of deadly force had violated the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment