'He Threw a Knife at Me, So I Shot Him': 7th Circ. Rules Against Plaintiffs in Officer-Involved Shooting Case
“The statement most favorable to the Estate boils down to: ‘He threw a knife at me, so I shot him.’ The Estate maintains that this admits a temporal sequence of knife first, shot second. That is not clear to us; it could mean that the two events were simultaneous,” Judge Frank H. Easterbrook wrote for the Seventh Circuit. “But let us take the Estate’s perspective. Would that permit a reasonable jury to find that O’Neill shot Logan after O’Neill was out of danger? Not at all. Logan evidently was bent on harming the officer. Why would anyone in O’Neill’s position believe that the knife was the only weapon at Logan’s disposal?”
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