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Civil Rights: 42 U.S.C. §1983-Official-Capacity Suit-Traffic Stop

Plaintiff appealed the summary judgment dismissal of his §1983 claims against various law enforcement officers arising from a traffic stop of plaintiff.

Where it was not clearly established law at the time of plaintiff’s stop that it was unconstitutional for officers to extend the stop to conduct a dog-sniff search, plaintiff’s rights were not violated when his truck was searched; however, the district court made inadequate findings to permit appellate review of plaintiff’s claims relating to his arrest for obstruction.

Judgment is affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part.

Sours v. Karr (MLW No. 74269/Case No. 18-2814 – 4 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, per curiam) Appealed from U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri (Kenneth Joseph Berra, of Overland Park, KS. for appellees Karr and Kitch; Karl Wilson Blanchard of Joplin, MO, for appellees Bland and McIntosh)