KY Supreme Court Overturns 1952 Decision Giving Police ‘Blanket Immunity’

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that police can be sued for damages when their car chases lead to the death or injury of third parties.

The court’s 6-1 ruling on Thursday overturned a 1952 decision that had granted police blanket immunity. The ruling will align Kentucky practice with that of most other states where juries are allowed to decide whether police are at fault.

The case stems from a suit filed against Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton and Deputy Sheriff Jeremy Johnson for damages related to their father’s death.

Attorney Barry Stilz representing the sheriff’s office, said they are disappointed with the ruling and disagree with it.

Source: MG News

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