The Supreme Court Says You Can Sue Cops Who Frame You On False Charges

The previous standard barring such lawsuits made “little sense,” wrote Justice Brett Kavanaugh for the majority.

[Ed. Note: So, apparently Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch all feel comfortable with police being allowed to file bogus charges, falsify evidence, and frame innocent people with no consequences at all. Just lovely.]

by Billy Binion

Police officers could frame people, file bogus charges, conjure evidence out of thin air—and, in most of the U.S., they would still be immune from facing any sort of civil accountability for that malicious prosecution. Until yesterday.

In January 2014, Larry Thompson’s sister-in-law called 911 after noticing his baby had a rash. That call resulted in several police officers showing up at Thompson’s Brooklyn apartment, entering without a warrant, arresting him when he objected to that, jailing him for two days, and charging him with obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest after they allegedly lied about what happened.

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