Last year, Colorado became the first state state to end qualified immunity (QI). Leslie Herod and Mari Newman were instrumental in passing this reform. In USA Today, the trailblazers discuss how they led their state toward eliminating QI.
Although federal efforts to repeal qualified immunity have failed, police reform advocates possess a new strategy: targeting individual states. One of these states is New York.
States can and should end qualified immunity, Chris Kemmitt and Georgina Yeomans write in Slate. Kemmett and Yeomans are civil rights attorneys for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The two legal experts are vocal critics of the controversial doctrine.
In an op-ed for The Washington Post, the Institute for Justice’s Patrick Jaicomo and Chad Reese address qualified immunity following Virginia’s recent gubernatorial debate, where the doctrine was a topic of discussion. The legal experts feel both candidates “mischaracterized” the court-created rule.