Civil rights lawsuit against Snyder Police over CPR tossed out - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Civil rights lawsuit against Snyder Police over CPR tossed out of court

SNYDER, TX (KCBD) -

The civil rights lawsuit filed by Darlene and Debra Bollinger against the City of Snyder has been thrown out of Lubbock federal court. U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings did not dispute their claims nor did he say the actions of Snyder police officers were correct. Instead, he said the Bollingers had not reached the legal threshold to continue their claim.

The Bollingers sued Snyder in Lubbock federal court late last year. They claimed that they called 911 when Benny Bollinger was suffering from what appeared to be a heart attack. Mr. Bollinger was Darlene's husband and Debra's father.

Police came into their house and according to the lawsuit officers stopped Darlene and Debra from doing CPR. Later an EMS crew arrived and resumed CPR but Mr. Bollinger was later pronounced dead.

According to court records, officers believed that Mr. Bollinger was "gone too long" and CPR would not help.

The judge ruled that the police officers Matt Wynn, Brian Peterson, and Lea Tarter are entitled to qualified immunity. In other words, they can't be sued unless they are grossly incompetent or intentionally broke the law. Cummings ruled that the Bollingers have not pleaded their case sufficiently to overcome qualified immunity.

Copyright 2012 KCBD. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Saudi women in driver's seat as longstanding ban is lifted

    Saudi women in driver's seat as longstanding ban is lifted

    Sunday, June 24 2018 4:24 AM EDT2018-06-24 08:24:57 GMT
    Sunday, June 24 2018 4:37 PM EDT2018-06-24 20:37:37 GMT
    (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty). Hessah al-Ajaji drivers her car down the capital's busy Tahlia Street after midnight for the first time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their countr...(AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty). Hessah al-Ajaji drivers her car down the capital's busy Tahlia Street after midnight for the first time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their countr...

    Saudi women steered their way through busy streets for the first time just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted.

    Saudi women steered their way through busy streets for the first time just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted.

  • 'Game of Thrones' co-stars Kit Harington, Rose Leslie wed

    'Game of Thrones' co-stars Kit Harington, Rose Leslie wed

    Saturday, June 23 2018 10:05 AM EDT2018-06-23 14:05:01 GMT
    Sunday, June 24 2018 4:26 PM EDT2018-06-24 20:26:05 GMT
    Former "Game of Thrones" co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are marrying at the bride's family castle in Scotland. (Source: AP Photos)Former "Game of Thrones" co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are marrying at the bride's family castle in Scotland. (Source: AP Photos)

    Former "Game of Thrones" co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are marrying at the bride's family castle in Scotland.

    Former "Game of Thrones" co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are marrying at the bride's family castle in Scotland.

  • New billboard in Amarillo says 'Texas is for everyone'

    New billboard in Amarillo says "Texas is for everyone"

    Sunday, June 24 2018 4:25 PM EDT2018-06-24 20:25:59 GMT
    The billboard is located at the intersection of Coulter and I-40/Source: Tessa JohnsonThe billboard is located at the intersection of Coulter and I-40/Source: Tessa Johnson

    After a controversial billboard was constructed and taken down last week in Amarillo, a new billboard is singing a different tune.

    After a controversial billboard was constructed and taken down last week in Amarillo, a new billboard is singing a different tune.

Powered by Frankly