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Sunday, July 7, 2024 | Back issues
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No immunity for sheriff

LAKE CHARLES, La. — A Louisiana sheriff did not win immunity against the negligent hiring and supervision claims he’s facing after a male deputy was criminally charged with raping a female pretrial detainee he was guarding at a hospital in 2019. The woman died, but her mother sues because the guard’s presence violated the sheriff’s written policy against having a male deputy guarding a female inmate without another male deputy present, if no female deputy is available. Due to this, and the guard’s history of drug abuse and psychological treatment, the sheriff may be liable.

Read the ruling here.

Categories / Briefs, Civil Rights, Government, Law, Personal Injury

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