Ben and Jerry discuss ending qualified immunity (QI) on CBS News.
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield recently appeared on CBS News to air their thoughts on QI. The ice cream innovators and CTEQI co-chairs talk about our campaign, police accountability, and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
Ben also plugs his new book, Above the Law: How “Qualified Immunity” Protects Violent Police. Above the Law is published by OR Books.
“People are realizing…the only people that we give the right to use lethal force in our name should be held accountable at least as much as a regular person on the street,” Ben states in the interview.
Jerry echoes that sentiment. As he points out, “Getting rid of qualified immunity is not an anti-police measure—it’s trying to get some accountability for police so they are as accountable as anybody else. Plus, it will allow victims to get some justice.”
As CBS notes, the Derek Chauvin trail has placed a spotlight on growing calls to abolish the controversial doctrine. Most recently, the New York City Council voted to end qualified immunity for bad cops in the Big Apple.