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