I fully agree … it’s not only cops!! There are plenty others! … “I can see the Dems caving to this proposal so that bi-partisanship can be claimed … and once again the Dems will illustrate that they have no spine.” – not holding my breath!!
We have new legislation on police reform and part of that bill wants to end ‘qualified immunity’….but is this situation really?
Qualified immunity is a type of legal immunity. “Qualified immunity balances two important interests—the need to hold public officials accountable when they exercise power irresponsibly and the need to shield officials from harassment, distraction, and liability when they perform their duties reasonably.”
Specifically, qualified immunity protects a government official from lawsuits alleging that the official violated a plaintiff‘s rights, only allowing suits where officials violated a “clearly established” statutory or constitutional right. When determining whether or not a right was “clearly established,” courts consider whether a hypothetical reasonable official would have known that the defendant’s conduct violated the plaintiff’s rights. Courts conducting this analysis apply the law that was in force at the time of the alleged violation, not the law in effect when the court considers…
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