STATEMENT: Supreme Court Drops the Ball on Question of Qualified Immunity for Police Misconduct, CAP’s Ed Chung Says
Washington, D.C. — Today, the Supreme Court declined to reexamine the doctrine of qualified immunity, which shields law enforcement officers from civil liability for police brutality and the use of excessive force. In response, Ed Chung, vice president for Criminal Justice Reform at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other victims of police violence show the urgent need to hold law enforcement officers accountable for excessive force and reckless misconduct that results in needless injury and death. It’s unfortunate that the Supreme Court has declined to consider ending qualified immunity protection, which was invented by the court and has no basis in statute. The doctrine in its current form stacks the deck against victims.
Congress now has the opportunity to enact legislation that would take down this shield and end qualified immunity for law enforcement officers. Unfortunately, some conservative lawmakers have already signaled their intent to oppose it, calling it a “poison pill.” They are standing in the way of critical reforms that would go a long way to holding police officers accountable for their actions.
- “Beyond the Status Quo: Police Reform Must Bring About Meaningful Accountability” by Ed Chung
- “What We Should Expect of the Police: Experts Weigh In On Recent Police Violence” by Ed Chung and Betsy Pearl
- “Expanding the Authority of State Attorneys General to Combat Police Misconduct” by Connor Maxwell and Danyelle Solomon
- “Policing During the Coronavirus Pandemic” by Ed Chung, Betsy Pearl, and Lea Hunter
- “The Intersection of Policing and Race” by Danyelle Solomon
- “The Trump Administration is Putting DOJ Police Reforms at Risk” by Ed Chung
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