Jimerson v. Lewis, No. 22-10441 (5th Cir. 2024)Annotate this Case
In March 2019, the Waxahachie Police Department (WPD) SWAT Team mistakenly executed a search warrant on the wrong house, which was the home of Karen Jimerson, James Parks, and their two young children, instead of the intended target house. The error was due to Mike Lewis, the WPD SWAT Team Commander, incorrectly identifying the target house. The plaintiffs sued the officers under Section 1983 for violations of the Fourth Amendment and several state laws. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed the district court's denial of summary judgment to Lewis on the issue of qualified immunity. The appellate court held that while Lewis's efforts to identify the correct residence were deficient, they did not violate clearly established law. The court found no genuine disputes of material fact, and it concluded that the disputed issue was one of law. The case was remanded for dismissal.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on February 15, 2024.