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Supreme Court Considering Police Lawsuits

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(CNN) When can you sue the police?

It began when cops spied a busted headlight on a white Honda at an Arkansas gas station in 2004. It ended after a police chase culminated with officers shooting 15 times into that Honda. The driver and his girlfriend were killed. The driver's daughter said in a lawsuit that police used unreasonable force. A court agreed.

Now the fight goes to the Supreme Court. Lawyers for police will argue Tuesday that officers have broad discretion in such cases. "The usual rule is you're not allowed to sue the police if they make a mistake," said CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. "But it's also a rule that if they do something really outrageous, then you can sue. And the question in this case is: How outrageous was the police behavior?"

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