U.S. Supreme Court Overturn Verdict on Using Excessive Police Force

The parents of a homeless man who died in police custody in Missouri were given new hope on Monday when the United States Supreme Court dismissed their complaint accusing cops of using excessive force in the hours before their son died locked and chained in a cell, Reuters reports.

In an unsigned judgment, the justices overturned a lower court verdict that found no excessive force had been employed. Nicholas Gilbert, 27, died in a St. Louis police holding cell in 2015 after being handcuffed, shackled, and placed face down on the ground for 15 minutes by six policemen.

The ruling, which instructed the lower court to review the issue, was criticized by conservative Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch.

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