Ruling: Kansas sheriff not entitled to immunity from lawsuit
May 22, 2020
BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas sheriff is not entitled to immunity from a lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed black man who was shot in the back following a police chase, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals found that Harvey County Sheriff Chad Gay is county official when performing law enforcement functions. Unlike a state official, the sheriff is not entitled to Eleventh Amendment immunity when sued for damages in his official capacity, the court said.
The decision comes in the civil lawsuit filed by the family of Mat...