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In an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court reversed an 11th Circuit ruling denying qualified immunity to a police officer sued by a fleeing motorist who was rendered quadriplegic when his car was pushed over an embankment by the officer's vehicle. . The Court ruled that the officer did not violate the motorist's Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable seizure and that the officer was entitled to summary judgment. Both the federal district court and the 11th Circuit had ruled in favor of the respondent, denying the officer's summary judgment motion based on qualified immunity after finding a Fourth Amendment violation.
Uchenna Evans, Scott v. Harris, 3 Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy Sidebar 19-27 (2007).