Guide to Defending Against Excessive Force Claims
Peace officer conduct is under increasing scrutiny throughout the country and related litigation is rising. The fundamental principle is that the end game for each case must be determined immediately and it will both direct and drive the respective litigation plan.
In peace officer civil rights cases where the prevailing party is entitled to attorney fees, many early and critical decisions must be made, including whether to file a motion to dismiss, make an early offer of compromise, and/or request a stay or staged discovery. “Guide to Defending Against Excessive Force Claims,” authored by Meyers Nave Principal Blake Loebs and published in the Daily Journal, answers these questions and provides insight on the steps that defense counsel can often take to gain an early understanding of the case to help formulate the end-game strategy.
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Blake P. Loebs joined Meyers Nave as a Principal in 2015 after serving 22 years as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. As Chief of Civil Rights Litigation for nine years, Blake supervised civil rights litigation for a 22-member trial team and served as first chair in over 25 civil jury trials, defending the City and County of San Francisco from civil suits involving officer-involved shootings, allegations of police misconduct, and catastrophic personal injuries. In 2013, the San Francisco Police Officers Association honored Blake as the “Citizen of the Year” and awarded him the Medal of Honor, reflecting his special expertise defending officer-involved shooting cases.