Slain Houston Officer's Widow Sues Killer's Employer, Threatens City
May 22, 2008
he widow of a Houston police officer killed in the line of duty has threatened to sue the city and filed a lawsuit Monday morning against a business owner who employed her husband's killer, KPRC Local 2 reported.
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KKD490HPD @ 5/23/2008 11:39 AM
It is sad when an officer has to be murdered to bring to light the age old problem of one man units. In todays society, we are out manned and out gunned, and the administration really need to address this problem before anymore officers have to die. If the administration had to go on the streets alone, there would be 2 man units by first light.
My heart goes out to Officer Johnson and her family.
Steve Rothstein @ 5/25/2008 12:39 AM
I think the widow is wrong to sue the city. There is no proof whatsoever that a second officer in the car would have prevented the murder, and it could have just as quickly ended up as two dead officers.
From what I know of the case, which is not as much as I would like, the prisoner was handcuffed and in the back seat of the patrol car when he managed to draw a gun and shoot the officer. This is a direct failure of the officer to find the weapon during a search. Either there was no search of the prisoner or it was not a sufficient search. Thus has been known as a killer of cops since the mid 70's when Pierce Brooks listed the errors in "Officer Down, Code Three". Why are we still making the same mistakes?
As for suing the employer, I don't know if she can make the case. The problem is if the shooting was a foreseeable consequnce of letting the person have the vehicle. She would probably have a better case if the grounds were that it was a foreseeable product of helping him back into the country after being deported. I don't know if that is within the statute of limitations for a state law suit though.
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