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Offline rangerrebew

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Pew: 66 Percent Support Changes to Qualified Immunity
« on: July 29, 2020, 09:49:52 AM »
 Pew: 66 Percent Support Changes to Qualified Immunity    
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Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.

A Pew Charitable Trust survey on law enforcement reform shows broad public support for limiting qualified immunity – the court-created doctrine that shields public officials, including law enforcement, who violate an individual’s constitutional rights– from personal liability.

Two-thirds of Americans (66%) say that civilians need to have the power to sue police officers to hold them accountable for misconduct and excessive use of force, even if that makes the officers’ jobs more difficult. Just 32% say that, in order for police officers to do their jobs effectively, they need to be shielded from such lawsuits.

Congress has yet to decide what, if anything, it will do regarding qualified immunity. A Congressional Research Service report noted that because “qualified immunity is a product of statutory interpretation, Congress has wide authority to amend, expand, or even abolish the doctrine.”
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Re: Pew: 66 Percent Support Changes to Qualified Immunity
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2020, 12:56:04 PM »
I think "Qualified Immunity" should be reexamined to make sure it protects police officers from frivolous lawsuits and IA complaints but does not shield officers when they clearly exceeded their authority and thereby caused damage or injury. I suspect that there are problems in application as much as how it is defined.
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