Originally Posted by Overbear
I have a curious question...lets say this leads to a lawsuit. Why not sit the other side down once it starts and they realise they are going to loose. Then offer them a deal, lawsuit gets dropped, IF the offending officer is dismissed from the force and bared from being rehired? Do that in enough lawsuits, and the cops are going to get the hint...back off or you loose your job.
This has already been covered to some extent with the mention of 'qualified immunity'. Basically, if a public servant makes a mistake, they can say 'oops' and still keep their job. What is more likely to happen is that a settlement would be reached and the city would be required to provide training in what is and what isnt an assault weapon, which is the problem Arcata PD seems to have.
(And on another note 'loose' is why we have string attached between a child's tooth and a doorknob for. 'Lose' is what we get when we dont win.)