As always, we feel bad for the family & friends of the victim.
Meanwhile . . . This case has impacted local discussions of police shootings for more than a decade.
Moreover . . .
This deadly altercation offered a preview of worsening violence impacting downtown KC and so many other local party districts despite hopes for a 'renaissance' for local tourism.
Here's the aftermath . . .
A search found a gun in the car, but the car's owner told police it had been there all night. A federal court judge in Kansas City later ruled in favor of THE KCPD OFFICER on qualified and official immunity.
The appeals court cited cases in today's opinion from other police shootings around the United States. They found a reasonable officer would not have had "fair notice" that shooting Ryan Stokes in those circumstances violated the Fourth Amendment. In addition, the judges ruled the plaintiffs had not shown THE KCPD OFFICER acted in bad faith or with malice.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com links . . .
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth District Tuesday affirmed a lower court's ruling that a Kansas City, Missouri, police officer had qualified and official immunity when he shot and killed Ryan Stokes in 2013.
And, of course, KCUR offers more than a bit of editorial in their headline . . .
Court denies wrongful death trial for mother of man killed by Kansas City police: 'I'm hurt. I'm angry'
The decision by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a "blow" to the family of Ryan Stokes, 24, who was shot in the back while complying with police in 2013 after a foot chase in the Power & Light District.
Developing . . .