The appellants contest a summary judgment, based on qualified immunity, awarded to a police officer against their excessive-force claims. Although the long-established two prongs of qualified-immunity analysis contain "objective reasonableness" elements, those prongs remain distinct and require independent inquiry; the sequence of analysis is immaterial. The judgment is affirmed. 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 12-20296, 04-25-2013.
Tolan v. Cotton
April 30, 2013