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Man's suit against City of Houston, police officer elevated to federal court


By John Suayan | Nov 26, 2018

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HOUSTON – The Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas recently took over a lawsuit filed by a man who alleges he was shot by a Houston police officer.

Houston federal court records show that a notice of removal was filed on Nov. 20 into Casey Brown’s state district suit against the City of Houston, former Chief of Police Charles A. McClelland, and Officer Jason Loosmore.

As previously reported in The Southeast Texas Record, Brown pursued legal action after Loosmore “fired multiple shots at close range” at him after a verbal confrontation over dogs.

Prior to the subject incident, Loosmore reportedly threatened Brown with arrest in response to the plaintiff’s dog supposedly biting his.

Houston and McClelland formally responded to the suit, asserting that “relief is not available” for the type of claim alleged by Brown.

“The plaintiff is not entitled to any relief against the city defendants under the doctrines of governmental, qualified, official, discretionary, and derivative immunities,” their original answer says.

The defendants are represented by the city’s legal department.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:18-CV-4409

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