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Civil Rights : Investigative Stop – Scope – Qualified Immunity

Where officers saw the occupants of a parked vehicle apparently drinking alcohol and making furtive gestures with their hands, reasonable suspicion that the driver was operating the vehicle while intoxicated justified an investigatory stop, and the officers did not exceed the scope by drawing weapons and handcuffing the defendant because there was an objective concern for officer safety, so the grant of qualified immunity is affirmed.

Judgment is affirmed.

Williams v. Decker (MLW No. 66680/Case No. 13-2074 – 12 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Gruender, J.) Appealed from U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, Laughrey, J. (Stephen Sherman Wyse, Columbia, argued for appellant) (Bradley Christopher Letterman, Jefferson City, argued for appellee; Christopher P. Rackers appeared on the brief).

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