The “provocation clause”, meant to protect police officers who find themselves in threatening situations, has as of late become a point of contention in many cases where the line between defense and offense is blurred. In the case of an upcoming case to be heard by the Supreme Court, County of Los Angeles v. Mendez, this is the topic of dispute. An officer, startled by a BB gun when he entered a wooden shack where a pair of homeless people were sheltered. The officer then allegedly opened fire and shot both of the people, one of which was five months pregnant. They sustained injuries but survived and were able to file suit. Although the court’s hearing of this case can set a huge precedent for police behavior, the Mendez’ attorney believes that it will hinder his clients’ ability to receive the aid they need to pay for hospital bills from the incurred injuries.
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