Supremes Asked to Decide Whether State Official can Assume Law Enforcement Authority

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether a government employee – someone who is not in any law enforcement position – can assume the authority of a police officer and order trucks on a highway to stop.

The fight is being handled by the Institute for Justice on behalf of Central Specialities Inc., a family-owned Minnesota road construction company.

The fight is over a decision by Jonathan Large, a highway engineer in Mahnomen County, to pull over two of CSI’s trucks and demand the drivers wait for more than three hours.

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He had no authority to do so, but he was trying to get law real law enforcement officers to come to ticket them, IJ reported.

Despite the clear violation of the driver’s constitutional rights, lower courts decided Large could not be sued because of the legal doctrine of qualified immunity.


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