Caraway v. City of Pineville et. al. addresses the case of Timothy Caraway, who brought a Section 1983 action against the City of Pineville, the Pineville Police Department, and multiple individual officers alleging numerous violations of his constitutional rights. The District Court granted summary judgement in favor of the Defendants-Appellees, framing self-serving statements made by the police officers involved in the shooting as the true narrative while simultaneously disregarding evidence--including video footage--that contradicted the officers' version of events. Because the District Court inappropriately credited the defendants' version of the facts, notwithstanding conflicting evidence in the record, we are asking the Court to reverse the decision.
This brief addresses the importance of viewing police statements with the same level of scrutiny as any other witness statement.