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Qualified immunity may not be a license for police to kill people who call for help in the end

ATL_FilmingPolice_610x400In a move that promises to shock Crim Pro teachers and BARBRI bar preparers nationwide:

The Supreme Court mistakenly took the side of a grieving family, instead of the police, for once.

Six years ago, Dallas police officers who were apparently trying to help Tony Timpa, a 32-year-old man in a state of psychological crisis, ended up killing him. Four years later, a federal judge ruled that police officers were protected by qualified immunity, which protects civil servants from civil liability, unless their alleged misconduct violated the “clearly established” law. But in December last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit overturned that decision, allowing Timpa’s relatives to continue the civil rights process. Today, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal against the decision of Circuit 5, which means that the applicants will finally have a chance to present their case.

To quote two of the greatest artists of this generation, “Man, what a time!” Call me controversial, but I think all families whose son, enby, daughter or whatever you have is killed because our country dramatically underfunds social workers and sends cops to deal with psychological issues, instead, they deserve their day in court, especially when the victim gives. officers a very polite “hey, kill me.” The fact that this suit will be able to go through is essential - if it could not, what hope would the rest of us have? Just look at the facts of the case:

[O]In August 2016, Timpa called 911 to report that she was “very anxious” about a man she feared would hurt her. Timpa mentioned that he received several psychiatric diagnoses - schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder - but did not take his medication that day. After police responded to that call and other reports of a man behaving erratically near 1728 West Mockingbird Lane, Timpa shouted, “You’re going to kill me!”

Timpa, who had already been handcuffed by a security guard, died while being pinned to the ground by several police officers for about 15 minutes, during which time he asked them to stop and repeatedly called for help. rows. The officers, though intermittently showing compassion, joked about Timpa’s plight and the possibility that they had killed him.

I hope the family looks fair. And if you or someone you know needs help, here’s a comprehensive list, state by state, of people you can call in addition to the police. Many people were injured and killed by badges when they needed only a helping hand.

If you live in Texas, please consider these resources. If I can’t help you directly, I can probably direct you to someone who doesn’t drive a Punisher decal on the car.

North Texas Behavioral Health Crisis Hotline

  • 1 (866) 260-8000, 1 for crisis, 9 for Spanish (24/7)

North Texas Suicide and Crisis Center

  • (214) 828-1000 or (800) 273-8255 (24/7)

WilliamsChris Williams became social media manager and assistant editor for Above the Law in June 2021. Prior to joining the staff, he became a minor memelord in the Law School Memes Facebook group for Edgy T14s. He endured Missouri long enough to graduate from Washington University in St. Louis. Louis School of Law. He is a former boat builder who can’t swim, a published author on critical race theory, philosophy and humor, and has a love of cycling that sometimes annoys his colleagues. You can contact him by email at [email protected] and by tweet at @WritesForRent.

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