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It seems, these days, anytime we turn on the news we are bombarded with instances of individuals claiming that they had their rights violated by over-eager law enforcement.
Recently, a Las Vegas man, Antoine Hodges, was shot by a Metro Police Officer while filling his tank with gas at a convenience store. Hodges’ lawsuit alleges that the Metro Police officer violated the constitutional rights that should have protected him from unreasonable seizure, as well as use of unlawful deadly force.
However, according to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, the officer involved in the shooting was justified in shooting Hodges because Hodges failed to follow the officer’s instructions to show his hands. (Note: Hodges was being questioned to begin with because he resembled a suspect in a double-homicide case.)
Not only did Hodges fail to follow the officer’s commands, but he was reported to have reached behind his back after the officer ordered the commands.
“Fearing for his life and the safety of others in the 7-Eleven, the officer fired a single shot,” reported District Attorney Steve Wolfson, to the Las Vegas Sun.
Hodges was then taken to the hospital where his wound was tended to.
Following his recovery, Hodges filed a civil rights lawsuit in Nevada’s U.S. District Court.
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