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Leading Off (9/27/18)

High of 78 and sunny today.

Family of Botham Jean Will Sue Dallas and Amber Guyger. Botham’s parents, Allison and Bertrum Jean, are planning to file a lawsuit saying Guyger used excessive force when she fatally shot Botham.

Dallas Jury Deliberating Ex-Cop Derick Wiley’s Fate. The former Mesquite police officer shot Lyndo Jones, who was unarmed, twice in the back last year. Wiley was charged with aggravated assault by a public servant and faces up to life in prison if convicted. The jury will resume debate this morning.

Two Men Plead Guilty Regarding Medical Kickback Schemes. Andrew Hillman and Semyon Narosov, who owned testing labs, agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering for their role in doctors being paid to guide patients to certain hospitals. The men said they also got about $150 million in fraudulent proceeds over six years.

Irving Man Sexually Assaulted Woman from Tinder. The woman told police that 21-year-old Connor David Clyne reached out to her on Tinder and raped her when she came to his apartment. Officials think there might be more victims from different dating apps he used.

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  • dallasmay

    The Botham Jean story is horrifying in many ways. But I don’t understand how the city of Dallas is liable. The cop was off duty. No one at the city told her to go into the apartment. The city is prohibited by state law from requiring our cops from turning in their weapons at the end of their shifts, so the city can’t be held responsible for what happens to the weapons when the officer was off-duty. The closest thing I can think of is that the woman was working a lot. Okay, lots of people work a lot. I’ve worked 15 hour days before and didn’t shoot anyone after. I’ve never heard of that being used as a reason for murder or manslaughter before. I am honestly not seeing how the city has any liability here. The city can’t be held responsible for it’s off-duty cops 24/7.

    Consider this, if this wasn’t a shooting but a car accident instead would the city still be liable for an off-duty cop’s car accident?

    • manny

      I believe the city has sovereign immunity.

      • dallasmay

        I’m pretty sure the city can’t lean on sovereign immunity when a murder or gross negligence is involved. Pretty sure Rawlings doesn’t get to kill people just because he’s the mayor.

        • manny

          This has nothing to do with Rawlings.