The Supreme Court gets slammed for strengthening qualified immunity to “almost absurd levels”; a state lawmaker addresses the humanitarian crisis in New York’s prison system; a good cop in Maryland sues his racist supervisors; and more!
(CW: sexual assault)
In a recent op-ed, New York State Senator Julia Salazar blasts qualified immunity (QI) for shielding sexually abusive prison guards from accountability. Salazar, chair of the New York State Senate’s Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections, is a co-sponsor of S 1991, the New York bill that would end QI for bad correction officers.
Public safety activists honor Breonna Taylor on the anniversary of her death; a new poll confirms that most New Yorkers favor ending qualified immunity; updates to Vermont’s civil rights bill; and more!
A new poll commissioned by End QI NY reveals that an outright majority of New Yorkers, 58 percent, favor ending qualified immunity for public officials.
Silvy Ovalle, a respected community leader from Central Islip, New York, speaks out against qualified immunity (QI). Ovalle, founder of the Central Islip Community Patrol, believes passing S 1991, the bill to eliminate QI in the state, will help build public trust in policing.
Congressional reps revive the federal call to end qualified immunity; advocates discuss New York’s public safety bill; The Washington Post examines the financial toll of police misconduct; and more!
Black Westchester Magazine and End QI NY recently sat down for a virtual discussion on the need to repeal qualified immunity in New York. The conversation featured End QI NY co-founders Katerina Siira and Darlene McDay, along with retired NYPD officer and public safety advocate Corey Pegues.
President Biden addresses police accountability during State of the Union; Ben and Jerry host a press conference for public safety in Vermont; NAACP attorneys condemn the “deepest failures” of qualified immunity; and more!
Following President Biden’s State of the Union speech, congresswomen Cori Bush and Ayanna Pressley held a rally March 3 in front of the Department of Justice, reigniting the call to end qualified immunity at the federal level.
On March 2, a group of Vermont lawmakers and activists—including Sen. Kesha Ram-Hinsdale and Ben and Jerry—held a press conference in Burlington to draw attention to the necessity of abolishing qualified immunity in the Green Mountain State.