Brosseau v. Haugen

PETITIONER: Brosseau
RESPONDENT: Haugen
LOCATION: Texas State Capitol

DOCKET NO.: 03-1261
DECIDED BY: Rehnquist Court (1986-2005)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

CITATION: 543 US 194 (2004)
DECIDED: Dec 13, 2004

Facts of the case

Brosseau, a police officer in Washington state, shot Haugen in the back as he tried to flee in his vehicle from the police. Haugen sued Brosseau in federal district court, alleging Brosseau used excessive force in shooting him and violated his constitutional rights. The district court ruled for Brosseau, finding she was entitled to qualified immunity. The Ninth Circuit reversed.

Question

Was a police officer who shot a fleeing suspect entitled to qualified immunity?