U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs New Jersey police shooting 'qualified immunity' case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a family's bid to revive a lawsuit against a New Jersey state trooper who fatally shot a mentally ill man who was pointing a gun at his own head in a case involving a legal defense that often protects officers from accusations of excessive force. The court rejected an appeal led by the mother of Willie Gibbons of a lower court decision to grant New Jersey State Trooper Noah Bartelt qualified immunity after he twice shot Gibbons during a roadside encounter in 2011.


Reuters | Washington DC | Updated: 04-10-2021 19:34 IST | Created: 04-10-2021 19:33 IST
U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs New Jersey police shooting 'qualified immunity' case
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a family's bid to revive a lawsuit against a New Jersey state trooper who fatally shot a mentally ill man who was pointing a gun at his own head in a case involving a legal defense that often protects officers from accusations of excessive force.

The court rejected an appeal led by the mother of Willie Gibbons of a lower court decision to grant New Jersey State Trooper Noah Bartelt qualified immunity after he twice shot Gibbons during a roadside encounter in 2011. Liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the decision to deny the appeal. In ruling for Bartelt in 2020, the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that even though Gibbons, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, had been pointing the gun at himself, he had been "within range to shoot" the officer.

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