Texas: deputy sues family of delusional man shot by police

by Walter Olson on April 7, 2014

Kemal Yazar’s wife called police out of concern for her husband, who had begun behaving erratically and speaking delusionally. Following a struggle of some sort, police shot the unarmed father of three to death. Now one of the deputies at the scene, “who according to an investigator’s report, suffered ‘superficial wounds’ during the incident” (though he now reports more serious injuries), has sued the family, accusing them of “negligence and recklessness” for not warning emergency operators that Mr. Yazar might be a serious threat. “Oddly, the deputy didn’t sue Kemal’s wife, who placed the call, but her mother, Carmina Figueroa, whose name was on the home insurance policy.” As we noted in an item last year, also from Texas: “Under the ‘firefighter’s rule,’ which has eroded in some jurisdictions in recent years, emergency rescuers generally cannot sue private parties whose negligence is allegedly to blame for the hazards to which they are responding.” [Lisa Falkenburg, Houston Chronicle]

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1 Hugo S. Cunningham 04.07.14 at 10:37 am

Maybe the deputy could get an amicus brief from authorities in the People’s Republic of China, which has billed families for the bullet used to execute their kinsman:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullet_fee

2 marco73 04.07.14 at 3:48 pm

How long has this deputy worn a badge? Didn’t he know that the most dangerous calls are “domestics?” The 911 operator and the paramedic on scene both told the responding officers that the man was dangerous. But 10 minutes later, the man is dead and a deputy has a broken nose. A $100K broken nose.
The title of the article alluded to heros. I remember when a hero cop was one who pulled a child out of a burning building or pulled a motorist out of a submerged car. Tasing and shooting an unarmed man on his living room floor doesn’t rise to hero to me.

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