Bankruptcy Law

Judge lifts stay in mother's suit against Detroit PD over murder of her police-officer daughter


A mother grieving over the shooting death of her daughter can proceed with her lawsuit against Detroit, a bankruptcy judge has decided.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes lifted a stay for the case filed against the Detroit Police Department by Deborah Ryan. Hers was among some 500 lawsuits frozen by Detroit’s bankruptcy proceedings, according to an article by the Detroit Free Press.

Rhodes agreed to allow Ryan to proceed with her case with certain conditions, namely that if Ryan wins a judgment, that the judgment is subject to any Chapter 9 plan adjustment.

Ryan’s suit alleges the police department failed to protect her daughter, who was killed in 2009 in a murder-suicide by her husband. Both Ryan’s daughter, Patricia Williams, and her husband were police officers at the time.

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