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  • Senate at logjam over changing 'qualified immunity' for police

    Senate at logjam over changing 'qualified immunity' for police

    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.

    H/T: TheHill

    “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.


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