Published On: Mon, Jun 28th, 2021

Supreme Court Revives Excessive-Force Suit Over Missouri Man’s Police Custody Death

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The Supreme Court on June 28 vacated a lower court ruling in favor of police in an excessive-force case, effectively reviving a lawsuit brought by the parents of a Missouri man who died after being restrained in a holding cell. In an unsigned summary decision (pdf) in the case of Lombardo v. City of St. Louis, Missouri, the high court didn’t express a view on whether excessive force was used, but vacated a judgment by the St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals “to give the court the opportunity to employ an inquiry that clearly attends to the facts and circumstances” around the death of Nicholas Gilbert, who died in 2015 after six officers restrained him when he acted violently. Gilbert was arrested by police on several grounds, including failing to appear in court for a traffic violation. Police described Gilbert as suicidal and said they were trying to prevent him …

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