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4 officers denied immunity over 2017 fatal arrest attempt

Four Phoenix police officers were denied qualified immunity in a lawsuit over the death of a Black man during a 2017 arrest attempt in which one officer pressed his knee into the man’s neck and shoulder area. AP photo.
Posted at 2:00 PM, Dec 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-02 16:00:39-05

PHOENIX (AP) — Four Phoenix police officers were denied qualified immunity in a lawsuit over the death of a Black man during a 2017 arrest attempt in which one officer pressed his knee into the man’s neck and shoulder area.

That’s according to a newly unsealed court ruling that rejected the city’s bid to throw out claims of excessive force and wrongful death. The ruling said disputes over facts in a key moment during the encounter kept the judge from making a decision on whether the officers engaged in excessive force on Muhammad Muhaymin.

The judge said officers who were restraining Muhaymin ignored his pleas that he couldn’t breathe.

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