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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LA County Inquest Probes Police Shooting of Teen

In a judicial proceeding not seen in Los Angeles County for nearly four decades, a retired judge Monday presided over an inquest into the cause of death of Andres Guardado, a teen whose fatal shooting by police this past summer reignited protests and further inflamed a rift between law enforcement and their county watchdogs.

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Gym Shooting

A federal court in California denied a Los Angeles police officer’s motion for summary judgment in a wrongful death suit alleging unreasonable use of deadly force during an altercation in a gym locker room that ended with the officer shooting a man multiple times. There’s a genuine question as to whether the man posed a threat to justify such a response.

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Excessive Force

A federal court in Texas ruled that excessive force and fabrication of evidence claims may continue against two police officers who shot, without warning, an armed juvenile who had a gun to his own head. The officers shot the boy multiple times and, as an “involuntary reflex to being shot,” the boy pulled the trigger of his own gun, shooting himself in the temple.

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