The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of a police officer who shot and killed a fugitive in a high-speed chase. In the dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor condemns our culture of police brutality, which not only allowed the officer to be reckless in his actions but ultimately granted him immunity. Our police brutality lawyers highlight Justice Sotomayor’s dissent and discuss the merits of this case.
The incident that led to this lawsuit occurred in March 2010 in Texas when an allegedly armed and intoxicated fugitive, Israel Leija Jr., was fleeing from local police. As the chase ensued, a trooper for the Texas Department of Safety, Chadrin Mullenix, stood on an overpass considering how to handle the situation.