Qualified immunity is emerging as a key sticking point in the congressional debate over reforming the police. The legal doctrine, which can protect police officers from civil lawsuits, is facing fresh national scrutiny in the wake of George Floyd’s killing in the custody of Minneapolis police. But what, if anything, to do to change it is creating deep divisions in Congress, just as lawmakers are trying to find a larger deal.
“It’s a tough job under any set of circumstances and to have lawsuits filed which sort of flyspeck what you did or didn’t do at a time when you didn’t know whether you know, somebody is trying to kill you or not. ... I think you need that sort of balancing of interests that qualified immunity provides,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said.
Reducing Qualified Immunity Is A ‘Non-Starter’ For Trump On Police Reform https://t.co/0Ng0OMfNN0— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 11, 2020
Powerful Fourth Circuit opinion denying qualified immunity to police:— Joshua Matz (@JoshuaMatz8) June 10, 2020
"Although we recognize that our police officers are often asked to make splitsecond decisions, we expect them to do so with respect for the dignity and worth of black
Strong language out of @US4thCircuitCt 2 days ago. Qualified immunity case Jones v Martinsburg. Mr. Jones was Black, homeless, mentally ill, and shot and killed by 5 officers after being stopped for walking in the street. Court denounced fear-based use of force. pic.twitter.com/aT9Q7QcSNe— Ayesha Bell Hardaway (@abellhardaway) June 11, 2020
Today, on behalf of 1100+ athletes & coaches and 300+ front office personnel across the @NFL @NBA & @MLB, we urge Congress to pass the Ending Qualified Immunity Act, introduced by @justinamash & @AyannaPressley— PlayersCoalition (@playercoalition) June 10, 2020
We demand accountability for police brutality. It's time for change. pic.twitter.com/ro7eRmvSK6
Athletes’ petition calls for Congress to end qualified immunity for police https://t.co/xwi8iaxtgP— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 11, 2020
More than 1,000 current and former professional athletes have signed a letter to Congress calling for the end of qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that the athletes say is shielding law enforcement from accountability https://t.co/o509PKjc0h— CNN (@CNN) June 11, 2020