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Civil Rights – Wrongful arrest

U.S. Court of Appeals For the Seventh Circuit


Civil Rights – Wrongful arrest

Where six persons identified the plaintiff as a participant in a brawl resulting in death, summary judgment was properly granted to the officers on plaintiff’s claim that they lacked probable cause to arrest him.

“At varying points during the investigation, six individuals identified Bailey as the assailant wearing red and black shorts in the video. Although the identifications were later shown to be false, these statements were sufficiently credible at the time that it was reasonable for the officers to rely on them. The individuals came from different backgrounds but every one of them knew Bailey in some capacity. Officer Massey, who claimed to recognize Bailey’s face, worked at Fenger and had known him for approximately eighteen months. Bramlett (Fenger student), Muhammad (assistant principal), and Ento- Nichols (security officer) each claimed to know Bailey from school. The most significant identification came from Young, who claimed to be with Bailey that afternoon but separated from him before the fight broke out.”


13-3670 Bailey v. City of Chicago

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Durkin, J., Manion, J.

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