DAN HARTZOG (Raleigh) and KARI JOHNSON (Raleigh) successfully defended a municipality and several of its police officers in a case pending in federal court where the plaintiff’s son was shot and killed by the defendant police officers after he threatened the officers with a sword/knife that he had concealed in a cane. The plaintiff asserted multiple claims against the defendants including federal constitutional claims for excessive force. Plaintiff dismissed the case after the federal Magistrate Judge recommended Summary Judgment in the defendants’ favor. The Magistrate found that the officers’ use of deadly force was justified and reasonable as a matter of law. This case was pending in the Middle District of North Carolina.
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