On May 21, federal Magistrate Judge Kaymani West recommended that Patterson Harkavy's civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Julian Betton proceed to trial. Police officers shot Mr. Betton nine times in his own home during a narcotics raid, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.
Last week, the Washington Post published an extensive article by Radley Balko discussing Mr. Betton's case and the Magistrate Judge's report. Mr. Balko's writing often focuses on civil liberties, the drug war, militarized policing, and the criminal-justice system; click here to view his article about Mr. Betton's suit. Click here to review the Magistrate Judge's report.