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U.S. 5th Circuit holds fact question exists on qualified immunity between whether officer stepped in front of car to prevent escape, or was already in front of car and shot to defend himself

  Vann v. City of Southaven, 16-60561 (5th Cir. November 22, 2017). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed the granting of summary judgment for the City and its officer in this police shooting and death case. … Continue reading

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Dallas Court of Appeals holdd officer did not establish official immunity because of fact question exists as to whether a reasonable officer would look both ways before entering an intersection

  City of Dallas v. Matthew A. Lamb, 05-16-01506-CV (Tex. App. – Dallas, December 4, 2017). This is an interlocutory appeal from the denial of the City’s plea to the jurisdiction in a police auto-accident case. The Dallas Court of … Continue reading

U.S. 5th Circuit holds henceforth, a clearly established constitutional right exists to video tape police and their facilities

Turner v. Driver, No. 16-10312 (5th Cir., February 27, 2017) This is a §1983 case where the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part an order dismissing three officers from a suit … Continue reading

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Deputies entitled to dismissal for false arrest where property owner failed to remove his truck after being instructed

  Childers v. Iglesias, No. 16-10442, (5th Cir. February 9, 2017) This is a false arrest/§1983 case where the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of claims against the arresting officers. Childers owns a ranch … Continue reading

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Officer and Police Chief entitled to dismissal under sec. 101.106(f) of Texas Tort Claims Act after alleged assault during arrest

John M. Donohue v. City of Boerne Chief of Police James Koehler, Officer Pablo Morales, and Martha L. Donohue, 04-16-00190-CV ( Tex.App—San Antonio, March 8,2017) This is a Texas Tort Claims Act case where the San Antonio Court of Appeals … Continue reading

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Citizen thrown out of city council meeting allowed to go forward with some, but not all claims against presiding council member and police officer

Heaney v. Roberts, No. 15-31088 (5th Cir. January 23, 2017) This is a First Amendment retaliation/discrimination case where the Plaintiff, Heaney, was ejected from a city council meeting allegedly due to his statements at the meeting. On September 18, 2013, … Continue reading

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14th Court of Appeals holds police officer is entitled to official immunity in police chase case after providing detailed affidavits.

City of Houston v. Paula Collins,14-16-00449-CV (Tex. App— Houston [ 14th Dist.] January 31, 2017) This is a Texas Tort Claims Act vehicle accident case involving official immunity where the 14th Court of Appeals reversed and rendered the denial of … Continue reading

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U.S. 5th Circuit holds officer who was present but did not perform roadside body cavity search can potentially be liable for §1983 claim under bystander liability theory

Hamilton v. kindred, No. 16-40611(5th Cir. January 12, 2017) This is an interlocutory appeal in a suit involving alleged unlawful body cavity searches of two women and the trial court’s denial of a Deputy Sheriff’s claim of qualified immunity. Two … Continue reading

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Chief Justice of 13th Court of Appeals not entitled to qualified immunity in First Amendment retaliation in employment suit by staffing attorney

Anderson v. State of Texas, No.15-40836 (5th Cir. January 10, 2017) This is a First Amendment in employment case where the U.S. 5th Circuit denied a judge’s claim for qualified immunity while acting in his administrative capacity. This is a … Continue reading