SCOTUS Review: Police Misconduct under Section 1983

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Course Information

Time 90 Minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

This course, presented by trial attorney Wayne Beyer, provides keen insight into the latest developments in law enforcement liability under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The program will cover Supreme Court cases decided last year and now pending, deadly force after the rejection of the “provocation rule”, the move to eliminate the qualified immunity defense, evidentiary issues on de-escalation, crisis intervention, and body camera videos, whether federal or state law governs damages in death cases, and trends and topics in law enforcement that will affect your practice. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Engage in a Supreme Court review of City of Escondido v. Emmons, Nieves v Bartlett, McDonough v. Smith, and preview cases to be decided this year

  2. Conduct a survey of the Circuits after County of Los Angeles v. Mendez on officers creating the need to use deadly force 

  3. Examine renewed vigor to eliminate the qualified immunity defense from the left and the right

  4. Survey expert testimony and national policies on the use of force

  5. Gain key insights into law enforcement developments that you need to know, such as the odor of marijuana searches and driving on marijuana arrests; facial recognition technology and wrongful arrest; BolaWrap and the search for less lethal force alternatives; the hiring shortage and failure to screen liability; and state laws and new policies that restrict pursuits and deadly force

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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.