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Perrin v. Anderson
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Mr. Perrin drove his car into the back of another car on an Oklahoma highway. Mr. Perrin walked to his home after he realized no one was injured. Two highway troopers went to his home to discuss the accident, and a fight ensued between the troopers and Mr. Perrin. Trooper Anderson shot and killed Mr. Perrin because he feared he was about to lose consciousness, and he thought Mr. Perrin was going to kill both troopers. The plaintiff, administratrix of Perrin’s estate and guardian of his son (the “plaintiff”), alleged that the defendants, Donnie Anderson and Roland Von Schriltz (the “defendants”), members of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, deprived Mr. Perrin of his civil rights when they shot and killed him. The plaintiff sued pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Section:1983 for compensatory and punitive damages. The incident occurred while the defendants were trying to obtain information regarding a traffic accident Mr. Perrin was involved in. The jury found for the defendants. The plaintiff contends the trial court erred in admitting testimony of four police officers describing previous violent encounters with Mr. Perrin. The four officers described various incidents in which Mr. Perrin was violent and uncontrollable.
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