Subject not in custody when he made statements to police

Facts On February 10, 2017, Officer Brandon Brown was patrolling Highway 61 near Robinsonville, Mississippi, when he spotted a red Camaro weaving in and out of both lanes in between cars. Officer Brown stopped the car Direct Black was driving. Officer Brown asked to see Black’s license, which Black supplied. While Officer Brown was checking […]

Officer did not identify on knock and talk before killing person inside home

Facts (If you are new to 1983 actions, click here for help) Video and audio footage from body cameras worn by Officers Casanova and Panah is available below in the hyperlinks: Cassanova Panah On October 17, 2018, at approximately 1:20 a.m., Charles Roundtree, Jr., Davante Snowden, and Taylor Singleton were visiting Hence Williams’ home at 217 […]

Traffic accident was not reckless disregard under MTCA

Facts At the time of the accident, Officer Victor Tacorchick had been employed with the Biloxi Police Department for six years. He had never been in an accident on or off duty prior to this incident. On December 5, 2021, Tacorchick was assigned to booking on the night shift, which started at 5:45 p.m. According […]

Video did not clearly contradict officer’s testimony

Facts In November 2020, Officer Reynaldo Contreras pulled over Michael Anderson because his left front headlight was out, a violation of Section 547.302(c) of the Texas Transportation Code. During his discussion with Officer Contreras, Anderson admitted that he was a felon and possessed a firearm. Anderson was later charged with violating 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g)(1) […]

Collective knowledge doctrine allowed vehicle stop

Facts Brian Broussard was arrested on May 12, 2021, during a buy-bust operation, after a months-long investigation into Broussard’s drug trafficking crimes. On the day of his arrest, three simultaneous residential search warrants were executed in connection with law enforcement’s investigation of Broussard. Prior to the arrest, Broussard was observed for months travelling to the […]

MCOA rules search of vehicle proper

Facts On August 15, 2020, an ambulance was dispatched to 298 Roy Schmidt Road in Sontag, Mississippi. Upon arrival, paramedics discovered Brandy Turnage in critical condition. Brandy was transported by ambulance to a landing area where she would be airlifted to a Jackson hospital. During transportation, Brandy’s husband, Dan Turnage, followed the ambulance in his […]