Private Texas College Isn't Immune From Shooting Death Suit

Law360 (May 22, 2020, 4:25 PM EDT) -- A split Texas Supreme Court on Friday agreed 8-1 with lower court rulings and held that the sovereign immunity enjoyed by public police departments doesn't extend to shield a private university from a lawsuit brought after one of its officers shot and killed a student during a traffic stop.

The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, had argued that because its officers enforce the public's laws it is effectively part of the state's law enforcement system and should be immune from the suit lodged by the parents of Cameron Redus following his 2013 death. But the state's high...

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