On December 28, 2017, 28-year-old Andrew Thomas Finch, a father of two, was shot and killed on his front porch by Wichita police.
Andrew was unarmed. The police were at his house because of a 911 call that turned out to be a prank. Officer Justin Rapp shot and killed Andrew less than 10 seconds after he walked out of his front door. And Andrew’s killing was one of 23 police shootings in the city of Wichita over the preceding five years—none of which were meaningfully investigated, and none of which resulted in meaningful discipline for the officers involved.
The district court rejected Officer Rapp’s claim that he was entitled to qualified immunity, but it refused to let suit proceed against the City of Wichita.
“The right not to be subjected to deadly force was clearly established in the circumstances faced by Rapp—that is, where an officer was able to see that a non-resisting suspect did not have a firearm in his hand.”
The MacArthur Justice Center is proud to work alongside Action Injury Law Group, Kansas civil rights attorney Rick Bailey, and the law firm Bartlit Beck to seek justice for Andrew’s family. This case is currently on appeal to the Tenth Circuit, where MJC will be defending the district court’s denial of qualified immunity.