Opinion handed down May 11, 2015
Duke and Kami Lee Grider filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claim against the Springfield, Missouri Police Department, alleging the Department violated the Griders’ statutory and constitutional rights by using excessive force. Both parties moved for summary judgment, and an interlocutory appeal followed. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri held that Officer Brandon Bowling was not entitled to qualified immunity, and Officer Bowling appealed. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed, granting the officer qualified immunity.