Hanson v. Best, No. 17-3821 (8th Cir. 2019)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 action against police officers, in their individual capacities, alleging that the officers used excessive force and exhibited deliberate indifference to medical needs in an incident that led to the death of her son. The Eighth Circuit reversed the district court's denial of summary judgment based on qualified immunity to the officers and held that the officers' use of force did not violate clearly established law nor did their actions on the scene exhibit deliberate indifference to medical needs. In this case, there was insufficient evidence that a need for medical treatment was so obvious that law enforcement exhibited deliberate indifference by taking the son to jail. Furthermore, the officers were not deliberately indifferent when they called paramedics to assist him.