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SCOTUS Review: Police Misconduct Under Section 1983

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Produced on September 24, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 40m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

“Police Misconduct” is the sizzling hot topic of the day. Whether you sue or defend law enforcement, or want to add a new practice area, you need to be up-to-the-minute. This course will cover the latest in law enforcement liability under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. From the newest Supreme Court cases to national trends in use of deadly force; qualified immunity for individual officers; municipal liability for failures in hiring, training, supervision and discipline; First Amendment rights and use of video evidence; evaluation of high-profile death cases; and effect of the legalization of marijuana, leading practitioner and authority Wayne C. Beyer gives you all this, plus written materials, and links to additional resources to use in your practice.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Supreme Court update

  • What statistics reveal on police use of force

  • National police reform movement

  • Consensus policies on use of force, and their admissibility 

  • Choke holds, positional asphyxia

  • Failure to intervene, breaks in the blue wall

  • Stepped-up attacks on the qualified immunity defense from the left and even the right

  • Municipal liability, failure to train on de-escalation, crisis intervention and others

  • Citizen videos, protests and First Amendment; body worn camera evidence

  • Damages for wrongful death and survival: should state or federal law control?

  • Searches and arrests for marijuana

  • Facial recognition technology controversy

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the latest Supreme Court cases and national trends surrounding police misconduct and the use of deadly force 

  2. Examine recent developments in law enforcement liability under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, including the qualified immunity defense, municipal liability, and more

  3. Explore the role of First Amendment rights in police misconduct cases

Credit Information

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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.


Thomas L.

Covered a great deal of information. Very informative.

Brian T.

Great course, highly recommend.

Deborah M.

Really informative course.

Louis D.

This is an excellent, thorough review of Section 1983 cases. It is a must if you practice in this area.

Maria P.

Thank you for this program. Please provide more content from Atty. Beyer.

Brian W.

Best Lawline lecture I have attended.

Joseph S.

Great links to additional resources provided in written materials.

Amanda S.

Great resources. Thank you.

bruno b.

4 means best

Christine C.

Excellent course. Thank you.

Douglas C.

This is one of the best CLE courses I have attended in my 33 years of practicing law. Informative, practical and presented very well.

Kiran C.

Extremely informative and relevant to current issues

Senna A.

Timely and very interesting, objectively presented course.

Robert M.

The instructor was particularly generous with his written materials.

Timothy D.

This was the best CLE course I have taken in the past 20 years. Great presentation.

Karen Y.

Clearly an expert in his field.

George J.

Many great examples to give picture of mistakes to avoid

John T.

Great program!

Kristy P.

Great program- questions are end were obviously made by young attorneys.

Catherine F.

Excellent content and instructor. Probably the best Lawline class I have taken

Gwenn L.

Informative and timely.

Gregory L.

Thank you for teaching honestly.

Philip S.

Tech problem at start was annoying but did not diminish quality of presentation.

Kathryn A.

Very informative and well worth the wait. Thank you very much.

Michele J.

Excellent!! Thank you for the supplemental materials.

Jordana K.

Very informative.

Shana B.

Thank YOU. it was perfect, just enough information to help us know where to go for more information

Joseph D.

one of the best presentations I have seen

Lisa C.

Would listen to this presentation again. Great information! Thank you.

Thomas M.

Very knowledgeable presenter!

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