Power Down: Tasers, The Fourth Amendment, and Police Accountability in the Fourth Circuit

BY Ian A. Mance

This Comment focuses its attention on the phenomenon of taser abuse in the states that comprise the Fourth Circuit: Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. It assesses the state of the law as presented to genuine victims of police abuse who wish to vindicate their right to be free of excessive force under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the federal statute under which plaintiffs can seek relief for violations of their constitutional rights by state actors.

DOWNLOAD PDF | 91 N.C. L. Rev.606 (2013)