Gates v. Khokar, No. 16-15118 (11th Cir. 2018)Annotate this Case
The Eleventh Circuit reversed the district court's denial of defendants' motion to dismiss plaintiff's 42 U.S.C. 1983 and state law claims on the basis of qualified immunity and official immunity. In this case, plaintiff filed suit against three officers after he was arrested for violating Georgia's mask statute during a protest in downtown Atlanta. The court held that defendants were entitled to qualified immunity on the section 1983 claims where plaintiff failed to show that his arrest violated a constitutional right and that the right was clearly established at the time of the arrest. The court also held that defendants were entitled to official immunity on the state law claims where there was no evidence that defendants acted with actual malice or an actual intent to injure plaintiff. Accordingly, the court remanded for further proceedings.