Police Liability-What Every Attorney Should Know: Choke Holds and Neck Restraints, Immunity Defense, De-Escalation and Crisis Intervention, Wrongful Death, Facial Recognition, Marijuana Arrests and More


CLE credits earned: 1.5 GENERAL Credit (WA 1.5 Law and Legal)

In this new course, the author gives you the latest in law enforcement liability under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Supreme Court cases decided last year and now pending; choke holds and neck restraints as deadly force; the move to eliminate the qualified immunity defense; evidentiary issues on de-escalation, crisis intervention, cell phone 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. All this, plus written materials, and links to additional resources.

Key topics to be discussed:

• What statistics reveal on police use of force
• Positional asphyxia, excited delirium, “I can’t breathe” phenomenon
• Failure to intervene, breaks in the blue wall
• Stepped-up attacks on the qualified immunity defense from the left and even the right
• De-escalation and crisis intervention and the failure to train
• Expert testimony and national policies on the use of force
• Citizens’ right to video and use of video and body worn camera evidence
• Damages for wrongful death and survival: should state or federal law control?
• Developments in law enforcement that you need to know: the hiring shortage and failure to screen liability; state laws, and proposals to bar neck restraints, pursuits and deadly force.

Date / Time: February 23, 2021

•   2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 12:30 am Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: June 25, 2020

Wayne C. Beyer

Wayne C. Beyer is an experienced litigator, author, presenter, and former public official and administrative appeals judge. Mr. Beyer has been lead counsel in 300-350 police misconduct and corrections cases as assistant corporation counsel (later called assistant attorney general) for the District of Columbia, and before that as outside counsel to New Hampshire’s Property and Liability Insurance Trust. He is the author of law review and magazine articles and the treatise Police Misconduct: A Practitioner’s Guide to Section 1983 (JURIS 2018), available at http://www.jurispub.com/Bookstore/Civil/Police-Misconduct.html In addition, he has been a presenter on § 1983 at national programs for Georgetown University Law Center, the Defense Research Institute, the American Bar Association, and the Federal Judicial Center (for District and Magistrate Judges), and dozens of webinars. Mr. Beyer is a member of the New Hampshire and District of Columbia bars, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Sheriffs Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and Georgetown University Law Center. He can be reached at waynecbeyer@roadrunner.com; (603) 356-5106

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