Opinions are for Monday, September 18, 2017 

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164162P.pdf     09/18/2017  Morgan Hansen  v.  Thomas Black
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  16-4162
   U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri - St. Joseph   
   [PUBLISHED] [Loken, Author, with Wollman, Circuit Judge, and Nelson, 
   District Judge] 
   Civil case - Civil rights. In action alleging defendant, a Missouri State 
   Trooper, unreasonably seized plaintiff's dog in violation of the Fourth 
   Amendment when he shot and killed the dog after it strayed from a yard, 
   the district court erred in denying the trooper's motion for summary 
   judgment based on qualified immunity; the question in the case is not 
   whether the trooper committed an unconstitutional seizure, as the trooper 
   unquestionably had a public duty to seize a large, unleashed dog running 
   unrestrained on a busy, high-speed interstate highway; the question is the 
   amount of force employed and whether it was excessive; under the 
   circumstances, the force employed was objectively reasonable; even if a 
   constitutional violation is assumed, the trooper's conduct did not violate 
   a clearly established Fourth Amendment right.