June 5, 2020

Terry A. Sides successfully defended municipal police officers sued in federal court on claims they violated plaintiff’s civil rights against involuntary servitude and substantive due process, as guaranteed by the 13th and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution. 

One of the police officers made a traffic stop of plaintiff because his car had no license plate. When the officer asked for plaintiff’s driver’s license, plaintiff admitted he didn’t have one. Plaintiff’s front seat passenger likewise had no identification. Moments later the passenger jumped from plaintiff’s car and ran into a nearby neighborhood.

Plaintiff told the police officer (as well other officers who later arrived on the scene) that his passenger was a convicted felon who had warrants outstanding for his arrest. Plaintiff, who was a convicted felon as well, also told the officers that his passenger who was then on the run was carrying a gun. 

Plaintiff (who is African American) claimed the officers (who are Ca...

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