End Qualified Immunity
A bipartisan and ideologically diverse coalition of advocates and lawmakers has started to find common ground on an important first step: Ending qualified immunity, the legal doctrine that has been invoked, again and again, to give police a pass for violence, injustice and murder that happens on their watch as our country begins, at last, to confront an epidemic of police brutality and killings that has destroyed families and lives for countless generations.
A victim of police brutality must demonstrate that, at the time of the abuse, the courts had already held that behavior to be unconstitutional under Supreme Court precedent. All too often, courts demand a match that is exact the reality regarding the current instance and facts of the previous situation to demonstrate it was currently вЂњclearly foundedвЂќ that the conduct under consideration had been unlawful. […]