Private Animal Welfare Officers/City Employees–Qualified Immunity- Yes or No?

http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca6/13-5181/13-5181-2014-09-18.pdf

“We conclude that Hurn, acting as a private animal-welfare officer, may not assert
qualified immunity as a defense against suit in her personal capacity because there is no history
of immunity for animal-welfare officers and allowing her to assert qualified immunity is not
consistent with the purpose of 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

However, Walsh and Nicholson, acting both as
private animal-welfare officers and as specially-commissioned police officers of the City of
Chattanooga, may assert qualified immunity as a defense against suit in their personal capacities.

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