Board of the County Commissioners of Bryan County, Oklahoma v. Brown

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  • Fairness in the Courts
  • Violence Against Women and Girls
  • Authored Amicus Brief
1997

Determined whether municipalities can be held liable for hiring employees who injure someone.

Legal Momentum submitted a brief on behalf of numerous women's rights organizations. The brief argues that the Fifth Circuit correctly affirmed the district court judgment holding Bryan County liable under §1983 for hiring a police officer with deliberate indifference to the applicant's crimi­nal record and for causing a constitutional violation. Decisions by municipal polcymakers can have a profound effect on women's Constitutional rights and municipalities should remain liable for such decisions.