Texas deputy sues family who called 911 for help

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    rdowns

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    I think someone needs to explain his job to him, then fire him.

    http://www.chron.com/news/houston-t...ho-called-911-for-help-4736324.php?cmpid=hpfc
     
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    jnpy!$4g3cwk

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    I think he should sue. But, not the family. He should sue the Harris county sheriffs dept for not training him to deal with drug-impaired, mentally-ill, or otherwise unstable or diminished capacity people in any way except to taser and/or shoot to kill. Why doesn't Harris county have mental units to deal with situations like this?
     
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    How dare someone call the cops into a dangerous situation. :cool:
     
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    Oh, look...Texas.
     
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    TheHateMachine

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    Better not call 911 if this goes through. Imagine an EMT banging his knee when they load the gurney into the ambulance and suing... or better yet a fireman suing you because when he was hosing down your house he got burned.

    I've heard rumblings that this is a counter suit to an original one (wrongful death) brought on by the family.

    Still sounds ludicrous regardless.
     
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    citizenzen

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    Why wouldn't a cop injured in the line of duty be taken care of by worker's comp, or something like that?

    If they are insured against injury, why sue the family to cover these costs?

    From the OP's article ...

    That makes sense to me.

    Throw this lawsuit out.
     
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    Sun Baked

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    Hopefully they have a nice smartass lawyer who will counter sue the deputy for killing their family member, if they cannot get it thrown out quickly.

    Happens enough these days where the police training comes into play for unwarranted killings during altercations, if the officer is dumb enough to open himself up to a counter suit -- he deserves it.
     
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    Probably because this happened in Texas.
     
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    Gutwrench

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    There are some exceptions but the same general risk theory exists in California for law enforcement and firefighters. Law suits like this aren't too common but in those I've seen what generally happens is the respondent's attorney (personal, homeowners or auto) fires a letter to the petitioner's attorney claiming the legal protection and offering a small settlement to drop the case. Otherwise the respondent will ask the court for a summary judgement and if granted will also include an order for the petitioner to pay all the respondent's legal expenses. And the world turns...
     
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    Cool. We haven't had a ridiculous story coming out of Texas for...

    (checks watch)

    ...oh, fifteen minutes.
     
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    Your confusion is understandable. You were expecting Florida, weren’t you? ;)
     
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    And the family suing the taxpayer is equally ludicrous.
     
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    citizenzen

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    Because wrongful death isn't worth suing over?

    I am not saying that I believe it was wrongful death.

    However, if the family—some of whom witnessed the incident—believes the man was wrongfully killed, why is it ludicrous for them to file suit?
     
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    jnpy!$4g3cwk

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    If the man was acting under the influence of drugs, and, the deputy did as he was trained to do, then, legally speaking, it probably wouldn't be a wrongful death (a legal term):

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrongful_death

    However, that does not mean that it was not an unnecessary death. By both the official description and the family description of what happened, a trained Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT -- but, there are several variations of name/acronym) would have been able to handle this situation without shooting the subject.

    http://www.countynewscenter.com/news/psychiatric-emergency-response-teams-seen-model-law-enforcement

    http://www.comresearch.org/pert.php
     
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    citizenzen

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    Thanks for the clarification.

    Let me phrase the question in a more general way.

    ThisIsNotMe, if the family thought the police officer killed the man without sufficient cause and wanted to sue, why would that lawsuit be ludicrous?
     

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