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High court appears to favor police sued over chase

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 4, 2014 at 11:10 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appears likely to rule for police officers in Arkansas who were involved in a car chase that ended with the deaths of the driver and his passenger.

No one on the court in arguments Tuesday seemed inclined to affirm an appeals court ruling allowing a civil lawsuit by the driver's daughter to proceed against six West Memphis police officers. They fatally shot driver Donald Rickard and passenger Kelly Allen in a chaotic scene on a Memphis street after a chase that began across the Mississippi River in Arkansas.

The lawsuit says police used excessive force. But several justices said the officers should be shielded from liability.

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Oldearkie says... March 4, 2014 at 1:09 p.m.

No one should be shielded from liability, but if you have the biggest club---

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FarmBoy says... March 4, 2014 at 4:03 p.m.

If you do the crime do the time or be responsible for it. He took a chance of killing others by running and if would not stop they had to shoot to stop. Now his kids or other people should be able to sue.

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RBBrittain says... March 4, 2014 at 5:59 p.m.

The strangest thing about this case is that because the chase ended in Memphis, these West Memphis officers had to defend themselves in a completely different set of Federal courts than they're used to -- Western District of TN (not Eastern District of AR) and 6th Circuit (not 8th Circuit). Seems they had to go before the Supreme Court to find a judge (or justice) who understood what they were doing...

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