Nayeem Khan (2007)

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On July 17, 2007, Jefferson Parish Louisiana Sheriff's Office deputies were called about a disturbance at a grocery store. Nayeem Khan was inside the store, screaming that people outside were trying to kill him. Before the deputies arrived, the store's security guard and an off-duty deputy subdued and handcuffed Khan with his hands in front of his body. When the responding deputies arrived, they attempted to remove Khan from the store. Khan resisted, and the deputies placed Khan in a four-point restraint with his hands behind his back ("hog tie"). Officers quickly noticed that Khan had stopped breathing. They removed the restraints and administered CPR until an ambulance arrived. Khan began breathing again before arriving at the hospital, but he died later that night.[1]

Khan's family sued the police officers, alleging constitutional claims for excessive force and state tort claims. The district court dismissed the federal claims for excessive force, and then declined to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over the remaining state law claims.[1]

Khan's family appealed to the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth District.[1]

On May 31, 2012, the Court of Appeals upheld the lower court ruling.[1]

The Louisiana State Supreme Court also decided not to take up the case.[2]

On August 29, 2012, Khan's family appealed to the United States Supreme Court.[3]

On January 7, 2013, the Supreme Court declined to get involved in the case.[4]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Khan v. Normand, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2012-05-31
  2. Kyle Barnett, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office sued for wrongful death of man who was hogtied, Louisiana Record, 2013-04-08
  3. No. 12-271, CertPool
  4. Court Order, United States Supreme Court, 2013-01-07