SWAT Raid

A federal court in Texas dismissed federal civil rights claims brought against Texas police officials over the tragic death of an 84-year-old, wheelchair-bound woman who was shot during a SWAT raid as officials were trying to serve a mental health warrant on her son. However, the court remanded the estate’s state law claims for wrongful death and negligence.

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Police Shootings

A federal court in Texas refused to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit against Bexar County, its sheriff and deputies arising from the deaths of a six-year-old boy and woman shot as the officers pursued the woman on fraud and credit card warrants. The officers fired four rounds at the woman, who did not appear to be armed, and fired 18 more rounds towards her and an occupied residence even though “it was obvious” she was already incapaciated.

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Police Shooting

The City of Fort Worth, Texas, is not liable for the death of a 72-year-old man who was shot and killed by city police officers in his own home, a federal court in Texas ruled. While responding to a burglary alarm at a house across the street, the officers mistakenly responded to the man’s house and, thinking he was being burglarized, he took his gun to his garage to investigate.

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