Does Kansas stand-your-ground law protect Wichita cop who shot girl?

Emily Parkin

The Kansas Supreme Court will rule whether the state’s “stand-your-ground” law protects a fired Wichita police officer who claimed self-defense immunity after shooting a girl when aiming for a dog.

The ruling is likely to have wide ramifications, both for potential prosecutions in police use-of-force cases and for any situation where a shooter can claim they feared for their safety.

Lower court rulings in favor of the officer have already been used as reasons not to charge other law enforcement officers in use-of-force cases. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett cited the case last month when he declined to charge the jail deputies who killed Cedric Lofton.

The ruling could also apply a “good guy with a gun” who, in trying to take out a mass shooter, also hits innocent bystanders.

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