Dude goes walking. While open carrying. With his dog and wife.
A Pants Shitting Hysterical person calls the police.
Overreacts. Threatens, Handcuffs
Arrests (for “Inducing a Panic” …. (then Detains) Mr. Open Carry.
Finally cites him for “failing to disclose personal information” and lets him go after a few hours.
Dude sues. Illegal arrest and detainment.
In this case, they are likely right.
I do believe that a police officer should have a partial shield of immunity if he is doing his job in a reasonable manner and simply makes a mistake. But there has to be limits, which, up until very recently, there have not been.
Good to see the courts are willing to reexamine the concept of blanket “‘Cause I’m a cop and I can get away with it” shield that some police officers use to hide behind for their bad or stupid (or often vindictive) behavior.
Cue Murph in 3…2…