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Appeal from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia (Hon. Peter H. Wolf, Motions Judge)

Argued April 20, 2000

In this case, appellant Delgo Taylor filed a wrongful death and survival action against the District of Columbia, alleging that “[t]he District [] owed a special duty to [her son, Lawrence Taylor], an informant for the Metropolitan Police Department (“MPD”) and an individual who assisted the police in arresting and prosecuting a known dangerous criminal. . . .”;and that the District’s negligence in failing to properly protect Mr. Taylor was the proximate cause of his murder, his pain and suffering, and her loss as well as that of his minor child. The trial court granted summary judgment in behalf of the District. Ms. Taylor filed a timely appeal. We affirm, concluding that Ms. Taylor failed to present evidence showing that her son satisfied the “justifiable reliance” prong of the special relationship test, or that he was an informant for the MPD; and thus, did not refute the District’s evidence establishing, as a matter of law, that the police owed him no special duty of protection.

 
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