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Old May 29th, 2018
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Default Washington State: Cop On Hook For Door Checking Motorcyclist

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Appellate court allows an excessive force lawsuit to proceed against a Washington state trooper who knocked a motorcyclist over the side of a bridge.

"Another trooper testified that it looked like Sluman was about to stop, but when Trooper Olson shot his door outward, he knocked Sluman off the Yakima River Bridge onto the ground 30 feet below. He broke his right leg, pubic bone, tailbone and left elbow, requiring multiple surgeries and skin grafts.

State police regulations only authorize such extreme measures with the approval of a supervisor in the case of a serious, violent crime. In his report on the incident, Trooper Olson did not mention he intentionally opened the door of his cruiser. As a result, the court discounted the self-serving nature of the trooper's testimony that he had to do what he did to save lives."
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