Judge dismisses lawsuit over innocent teen’s arrest
The Kansas City Star reports that the family’s attorney, Arthur Benson, says he plans to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the officers were entitled to “qualified immunity.” It protects government officials from being sued unless there’s a clear violation of constitutional rights.
Sherri James sued over the 2016 arrest of her son, Tyree Bell. He was taken into custody more than a mile away from where three teens were spotted brandishing a gun. He had dreadlocks, like one of the suspects, but was much taller.
He was freed after a detective viewed dashcam video.