Gonzalez v. Huerta, No. 15-20212 (5th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff filed suit against Officer Huerta under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging illegal detention, false arrest, and excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Plaintiff was arrested while waiting for his wife, an employee of the school, as he sat in his car in the school's parking lot. The district court granted Huerta qualified immunity. The court concluded that Huerta did not have reasonable suspicion to detain plaintiff. However, even assuming that Huerta violated plaintiff’s constitutional rights by detaining him without reasonable suspicion, the detention was not objectively unreasonable in light of clearly established law. Huerta was not put on notice that detaining an individual for a failure to provide identification on school property is definitively unlawful. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.