A federal judge has ruled that the city of Dallas is not liable for the fatal shooting of Botham Jean by off-duty police officer Amber Guyger.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn dismissed the city from a civil lawsuit that the family of Jean filed after he was shot and killed by Guyger.
The suit argued that Guyger used excessive force and that better police training could have prevented Jean’s death. The suit also accused the department of adopting a protocol of “shoot first and ask questions later,” reported the Dallas Morning News.
“Essentially, Officer Guyger was ill-trained, and as a result, defaulted to the defective DPD policy: to use deadly force even when there existed no immediate threat of harm to themselves or others,” the lawsuit stated.
The ruling leaves Guyger as the sole defendant in the suit and makes a large financial settlement unlikely.
Judge Lynn said that she was upholding a magistrate judge’s decision and dismissing the city from the case because the suit failed “to state a claim upon which relief can be granted.”