Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Vacated Finding that Five West Virginia Police Officers were Entitled to Qualified Immunity in Case of Excessive Force

In March 2013, police officers stopped a 50-year-old homeless man, Wayne Arnold, on the streets of Martinsburg, West Virginia. After officers said a stun gun failed twice to subdue Jones  officers shot the man twenty-two times. Jones did not survive the shooting, and a Berkeley County grand jury declined to indict the five officers involved in the shooting. The US Justice Department also later declined to pursue criminal civil rights charges, citing insufficient evidence. The Jones family filed a $200M lawsuit against the officers and the city. The suit was dismissed by US District Judge Gina Groh, and the family timely appealed. Read why the appeals court vacated a finding that the officers were entitled to qualified immunity for their actions.