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Liability for Police Brutality:
Commissioners of Bryan County (Oklahoma) v. Brown
Argued: Nov. 5, 1996 Decided: April 28, 1997
Vote: 5 to 4
At Issue: Whether a local government can be sued for the actions of an employee (in this case, a deputy sheriff) who violates the civil rights of another individual.
Decision: The Court ruled to make it harder for individuals to sue local governments for violations of federally protected civil rights.


Read the full text of the Commissioners of Bryan County (Oklahoma) v. Brown decision at the FindLaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.


Background from The Post
High Court Limits Brutality Liability (April 29, 1997)


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