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Police Liability Under Section 1983: The Year in Review

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Produced on April 11, 2019

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Course Information

Time 92 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

If you litigate or advise on § 1983, get ahead of the opposition. This webinar, presented by litigator Wayne Beyer, will cover new directions on the police use of force, trends, controversies, resources, and much more. It will help you to stay up-to the minute on the latest Supreme Court cases, taser use limitations, body worn cameras, and more.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Summarize Supreme Court cases decided in and pending in 2018-19: Kisela v. Hughes (qualified immunity defense to shooting); District of Columbia v. Wesby (qualified immunity defense to false arrest); Nieves v. Bartlett (probable cause defense to retaliatory arrest); and five others
  2. Know the limitations on Taser use and why Taser (now called Axon) discontinued its high risk X26 model
  3. Examine the most recent deadly force analysis after the Supreme Court’s rejection of the “provocation” theory in County of Los Angeles v. Mendez
  4. Discuss the use of force against EDPs (emotionally disturbed persons); de-escalation; the exigent circumstances exception to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act); re-thinking the 21-foot edged weapons rule; and defusing situations through ICAT (the Police Executive Research Forum’s Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics) training
  5. Study the IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) consensus policy against shooting at vehicles and Supreme Court cases going in a different direction like Mullenix v. Luna and Plumhoff v. Rickard on qualified immunity
  6. Get up-to-speed on the body worn camera (BWC) debate on when officers should view their recordings
  7. Identify resources and links you can use in your practice 

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Faculty

Wayne C. Beyer is a litigator, author, presenter, and former administrative appeals judge. He has been lead counsel in over 300 police misconduct cases, including dozens of jury trials, involving Fourth Amendment excessive force, false arrest, illegal search, fatal shootings, positional asphyxia, cell suicide, pursuits, failure to render medical assistance, failure to protect, First Amendment, malicious prosecution, and wrongful conviction. Beyer was an assistant attorney general for the District of Columbia (previously called assistant corporation counsel) and outside counsel to New Hampshire’s Property and Liability Insurance Trust. He has been a presenter at national programs for Georgetown University Law Center, Defense Research Institute, the American Bar Association and the Federal Judicial Center for District and Magistrate Judges, and more recently for numerous webinar providers. Beyer is the author of law review and magazine articles on police misconduct, including the 1,540-page treatise and handbook, Police Misconduct: A Practitioner’s Guide to Section 1983, available from Juris Publishing at http://www.jurispub.com/ Bookstore/United-States/Police-Misconduct.html. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Sheriffs Association, and Police Executive Research Forum. He was an associate and partner at prominent New Hampshire law firms; chief of staff U.S. General Services Administration; and he rendered 750 final decisions on employment and labor issues for the Executive Branch of the United States Government as member, chairman, chief judge, U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Review Board and member Federal Labor Relations Authority. Beyer holds degrees from Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and Georgetown University Law Center.



Reviews

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Melissa P.

Well done. Very informative and well delivered

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Jeff R.

Excellent speaker and very knowledgeable about the subject matter.

MM
michele m.

Excellent!

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Kimberly R.

Good

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Rogelio P.

good use of case law

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