Even at the Supreme Court, a picture — or in this case, a video — can be worth a thousand words. Or more.
In the case of Scott v. Harris, which was argued Monday, justices debated whether Coweta County, Ga., sheriff’s deputy Timothy Scott used reasonable force in 2001 when he rammed his vehicle into a Cadillac he was pursuing during a high-speed chase. The driver, Victor Harris, who at the time was 19, had been targeted for speeding. Scott’s maneuver was intended to end the chase, and it did. Harris’ car careened down an embankment, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. Harris sued, and Scott claimed he had qualified immunity — which the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied him.
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