No. 87-6571.

490 U.S. 386 (1989)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided May 15, 1989

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

H. Gerald Beaver argued the cause for petitioner. On the briefs was Richard B. Glazier.

Mark I. Levy argued the cause for respondents. On the brief was Frank B. Aycock III.*

Lacy H. Thornburg, Attorney General of North Carolina, Isaac T. Avery III, Special Deputy Attorney General, and Linda Anne Morris, Assistant Attorney General, filed a brief for the State of North Carolina as amicus curiae urging affirmance.

CHIEF JUSTICE REHNQUIST delivered the opinion of the Court.

This case requires us to decide what constitutional standard governs a free citizen's claim that law enforcement officials used excessive force in the course of making an arrest, investigatory stop, or other "seizure" of his person. We hold that such claims are properly analyzed under the Fourth Amendment's "objective reasonableness" standard, rather than under a substantive due process standard.

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