U.S. Supreme Court Declines Case Due to Qualified Immunity

The United States Supreme Court declined to hear a case due to qualified immunity.

The nation’s highest court has rejected attempts to revive a civil rights lawsuit brought by a Houston paint contractor who was shot in the back and paralyzed by a police officer in 2010, reported chron.com.

In declining to hear the case, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed that lower courts acted properly in granting Houston Police Officer Chris Thompson qualified immunity in the shooting incident, which took place following a late-night traffic stop on the Southwest Freeway.

Thompson stated he feared for his life as an apparently intoxicated Ricardo Salazar-Limon walked away from him after resisting arrest. Thompson claimed the man was reaching toward his waistband beneath an untucked shirt when he fired, though it turned out Salazar-Limon was not armed.


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