A ruling out of the United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals involving Oklahoma law enforcement is catching the attentions of other states.
By hearing the case, the court has already set a precedent on how much liability law enforcement has when getting an injured person medical attention, and Utah and Colorado officials say they fear the ruling could negatively impact law enforcement.
The court moved to reverse a ruling by federal judges in Oklahoma and said officers can be held liable for making sure people in custody get medical attention if they are believed to be injured.
The move stems from an incident in which State Trooper Joe Jefferson went to check on Clyde Rife after concerned citizens said Rife was disoriented and slurring his speech.
Jefferson saw Rife slumped over his motorcycle and reportedly assumed Rife had taken too much medicine before noticing signs of an accident.