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Federal appeals panel decides sound cannons used to quell protests can be considered excessive force

“In their view, because this Court has not applied ‘substantive due process principles to crowd control,’ the officers lacked notice that the right against excessive force applies to nonviolent protesters,” the decision said. “But that is like saying police officers who run over people crossing the street illegally can claim immunity simply because we have never addressed a (constitutional) claim involving jaywalkers.”

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