UIW police shooting civil trial canceled as settlement nears
A long-delayed civil trial for the 2014 suit had been scheduled to begin Monday, but has been cancelled, court records showed Thursday. Brent Perry, lead attorney for the Redus family, said terms of the proposed settlement are confidential, but that his clients are satisfied by it and what has been achieved by the suit. In 2013, UIW police officer Christoper Carter pulled Redus over at his apartment complex near campus. Carter told Alamo Heights police he decided to follow Redus after he observed his car weaving on Broadway. The family filed suit in 2014 against the university and Carter.sanantonioreport.org
Texas Supreme Court rules in favor of Cameron Redus family to allow wrongful death lawsuit
SAN ANTONIO The Texas Supreme Court on Friday handed down a ruling that rejected the University of the Incarnate Words case for immunity in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Cameron Redus. This ruling sends the case back to the state district court, allowing the lawsuit from Redus family to move forward. The Texas Supreme Court stated the private university does not act as an arm of the State in its overall operations." We must never lose sight of the grieving family of Cameron Redus nor the tragedy that precipitated this lawsuit. The University respects and accepts the detailed and thorough opinion of the majority of the Supreme Court of Texas and thanks the Court for its consideration.
After Six Long Years, Its Time to Settle the Cameron Redus Case
Courtesy / Redus FamilySimply put, the university needs to take responsibility for the wrongful conduct of a rogue cop on the university force that led to the off-campus fatal shooting of Redus, an unarmed honors student. Prior to joining the UIW force, Christopher Carter had nine jobs with eight different law enforcement entities from 2004 to 2011, according to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. To refresh memories about the fatal off-campus shooting on Dec. 6, 2013, Redus, 23, was a UIW honors student one semester away from graduating. The coroner ruled that two of the five shots that would have been fatal did not strike Redus as Carter described. The evidence suggests Carter shot Redus once in the back and again as he stood over him.therivardreport.com
Texas Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Wrongful Death Suit Against UIW
Attorneys for the Redus family contend that as a private university, UIW does not receive public funds, and therefore would not qualify as a governmental entity. UIW attorneys appealed the decision to the state Supreme Court. Immunity protects the government, UIW legal counsel Amy Warr said. Therefore, immunity protects private university police departments.UIW has operated a state-sanctioned police department for more than two decades. At times, justices interrupted Warr to ask questions about how a complaint against a private university police department could be addressed.therivardreport.com
Texas Supreme Court will take up Cameron Redus lawsuit again
Nearly six years after Cameron Redus was fatally shot by a University of Incarnate Word police officer, the wrongful death lawsuit filed by his family remains tied up in the court system. A spokesperson of the Redus family confirmed that the Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in December over whether UIW should be granted immunity from the lawsuit, a disputed point that has kept the lawsuit from moving forward. "Cruel to the Redus (family) hardly captures the reality of this situation." An appeals court sided with the Redus family and determined the private university is not granted immunity in the case, but the university's attorneys were granted another appeal from the Texas Supreme Court in 2017. The 4th Court of Appeals ruled in the family's favor in 2018, and now the Texas Supreme Court will decide on the immunity claim after oral arguments are heard Dec. 4.