Month: September 2021

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Kevin Byrd Challenges QI

Kevin Byrd challenges qualified immunity (QI). In 2019, bad federal agent Ray Lamb threatened Byrd in an unprovoked attack. In response, Byrd sued. But Lamb got QI. Now, Kevin Byrd hopes to take his case to the Supreme Court.

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JPA Collapses, But Fight to End QI Continues

Efforts to pass the JPA (George Floyd Justice in Policing Act) have officially collapsed, The Washington Post reports. Bipartisan lawmakers failed to reach an agreement. However, the fight to end qualified immunity continues.  

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Lynette Christmas Calls Out QI

Content Warning: sexual assault

In 2016, bad cop Thomas Carl Pierson sexually assaulted Lynette Christmas during a traffic stop. Christmas survived and pursued justice. She’s now an accountability advocate. Specifically, she advocates to end qualified immunity.

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Diane Goldstein Debunks 8 QI Myths

Diane Goldstein debunks 8 myths about qualified immunity (QI). Retired Lt. Goldstein is the executive director of Law Enforcement Action Partnership. On September 16, she published an op-ed in USA Today that debunks 8 myths about the unjust doctrine. 

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Police Accountability in St. Louis

On September 13, the Pulitzer Center published an article on the deaths of Nicholas Gilbert and Don Ray Clark. Both Gilbert and Clark died under police custody. Both were from St. Louis, Missouri. And both died in ways similar to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

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The Supreme Court and QI

USA Today looks at the Supreme Court and qualified immunity (QI). In a new op-ed, USA Today’s Editorial Board examines some recent QI rulings. Handed down by the Supreme Court, these rulings could signal “a new era of accountability.”

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Positive Changes in Colorado Policing

Positive changes have taken place in Colorado policing due to SB 217, the Centennial State’s landmark police reform package. In a recent piece, KUNC explores SB 217’s impact.