Los Angeles, May 30, 2017 - The U.S. Supreme Court today sided with Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and threw out a lower court ruling. After the ruling, ALADS issued the following statement:
ALADS is grateful a unanimous United States Supreme Court rejected the "provocation rule" created by the 9th Circuit to judge use of force by deputies. This invented rule put the lives of deputies in danger by causing them to hesitate in using reasonable force to defend themselves for fear of later civil liability. The Supreme Court decision is a strong reaffirmation that any use of force will be judged solely based on the facts known to the deputies at the time force was employed.
To read the background on the case and ALADS' previous blog regarding the provocation rule, click here.