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    Curlyben Posts: 18,485, Reputation: 1859
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    Oct 31, 2020, 02:41 AM
    Is this really acceptable
    I know America is a litigious society, but this is really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-54752228

    Breonna Taylor: Police officer sues shot black woman's boyfriend
    A police officer involved in the fatal shooting of black woman Breonna Taylor has sued her boyfriend for emotional distress, assault and battery.
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    Oct 31, 2020, 03:01 AM
    Yes completely acceptable . Officers injured in the line of duty have a right to sue and should exercise that right more often. There is this romantic notion that officers assume the risk and are paid to do so .There is also a false assumption that workman's comp adequately covers their injuries .Most times the suits are against the municipality .

    In this case Mattingly was shot before he returned fire. His injury was caused by an intentional illegal act by Walker . Walker's claim of mistaking them for intruders does not clear him from damages he caused to Officer Mattingly .
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    Oct 31, 2020, 06:17 AM
    This cop may yet face his own legal troubles, so no wonder he thinks a lawsuit may help him in the future by establishing wrongdoing in a civil court by the victim. The whole thing smells of cop cover up.
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    Oct 31, 2020, 06:20 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by talaniman View Post
    This cop may yet face his own legal troubles, so no wonder he thinks a lawsuit may help him in the future by establishing wrongdoing in a civil court by the victim. The whole thing smells of cop cover up.
    More so as criminal charges against the boyfriend have already been dropped.
    Don't get me wrong, I have alot of respect for anyone that takes on such a difficult job, but this stinks of snowflaking at it's worst.
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    Oct 31, 2020, 06:47 AM
    The standard of proof to prevail in a civil court are far less strict than a criminal one. Basically the cop just has to show he was injured by the defendant and the reason and circumstance matters little.
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    Oct 31, 2020, 01:36 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by tomder55 View Post
    Yes completely acceptable.

    In this case Mattingly was shot before he returned fire. His injury was caused by an intentional illegal act by Walker

    Now you're a mind reader knowing about the intentionality of Walker's action? Then why did they drop the charges against him?
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    Oct 31, 2020, 06:28 PM
    It is acceptable that an individual should take action after being injured by what is essentially a criminal act. Makes no difference whether there is a prosecution or not. The prosecution did not proceed because of public opinion. BLM, and all that crap

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