Supreme Court sides with New Mexico officer in deadly shooting

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The U.S. Supreme Court has sided with a New Mexico State Police officer sued over a deadly shooting.

Officer Ray White was facing a wrongful death lawsuit over the 2011 shooting of Samuel Pauly. Pauly was shot in Glorieta after the officer said he and his brother fired shots at them from inside a house. Pauly’s family sued the three patrolmen involved, saying they used excessive force.

A grand jury cleared the officers of wrongdoing, but a District Court judge and the Appeals Court in Denver sided with the family. The U.S. Supreme Court disagreed, saying officers are immune from such lawsuits unless it’s clear that their actions violated established rights, something they didn’t see in this case.

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