No. 71-564.

409 U.S. 418 (1973)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided January 10, 1973.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Richard W. Barton argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the brief were C. Francis Murphy and David P. Sutton.

Warren K. Kaplan argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief were Melvin L. Wulf, Ralph J. Temple, and Robert W. Boraks.

MR. JUSTICE BRENNAN delivered the opinion of the Court.

On February 12, 1969, respondent filed this civil action in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that in 1968 Police Officer John R. Carlson of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia arrested him without probable cause and, while he was being held by two other officers, beat him with brass knuckles. The complaint alleged further that Carlson's precinct...

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