Graham vs. Connor

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GRAHAM v. CONNOR, 490 U.S. 386 (1989)

Dethorne Graham, who is a diabetic, asked a friend, William Berry, to drive him to a store to purchase some juice to neutralize the start of an insulin reaction. When Dethorne Graham entered the store, he saw the number of people that would be ahead of him, Dethorne Graham hurried out and asked William Berry to drive him to a friend's house instead. Connor, a Charlotte, North Carolina police officer, became wary after seeing Dethorne Graham quickly enter and leave the store. Officer Connor followed William Berry's car, about half a mile from the store, he made an investigative stop and ordered Dethorne Graham And William Berry to wait while he found out what had happened in the store.

As Officer Connor waited for information and backup officers, Dethorne Graham got out of the car, ran around twice, and sat down on the curb where he passed out for a moment. Once back up arrived, one of the officers rolled Dethorne Graham over on the sidewalk and cuffed his hands behind his back. As this was occurring, William Berry tried to tell the officers about Dethorne Grahams condition but they just ignored him. Many officers then lifted Dethorne Graham up from behind, took him to William Berrys car, and put him face down on the hood. As he was gaining consciousness again, Dethorne Graham asked the officers to check in his wallet for a diabetic card that he carries. One of the officers told him to shut up and shoved him down against the hood once again. Four officers grabbed Dethorne Graham and threw him headfirst into the police car. During the encounter, Dethorne Graham received multiple injuries which includes a broken foot, cuts on his wrists, a bruised forehead, and an injured shoulder. He also claims to have a loud ringing in his right ear.

Dethorne Graham was released when Officer Connor found out that nothing happened at the store. Dethorne Graham filed a lawsuit in the District Court under 42 U.S.C. 1983 against the...
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