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Court rules against Ronald Brown in police brutality case


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The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against a man who in May 2012 hid inside his Colorado Springs house from police officers, who then used an explosive to gain access after a five-hour standoff.

Ronald Brown sued the city and numerous officers after he was injured in the explosion that caused flooring to fall on him while he was lying on a mattress in the basement wearing a gas mask and Kevlar vest. Colorado Springs police surrounded his home a day after he had a face-off with a neighbor over damage to a tree and fired a single round into the ground.

The appeals court reversed the U.S. District Court's previous ruling, which had denied qualified immunity to the police officers, who Brown said were acting in their individual capacities on the city's behalf. The decision remanded the matter back to Judge Richard Matsch with instructions to grant the officers immunity. Regarding an issue of Brown's claim of liability against the city, the appeals court sent the matter back to Matsch for further proceedings.

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