The Derek Chauvin Trial and Qualified Immunity

Jacob Sullum, a senior editor at Reason magazine, recently contributed a commentary to the Chicago Sun-Times about the role qualified immunity will play in the upcoming trial of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd.

“Despite the details of Floyd’s death, which shocked Americans of all political persuasions and provoked a series of protests across the country,” Sullum writes, “the federal civil rights lawsuit that his family filed last July must overcome ‘qualified immunity.’ That widely criticized doctrine . . . has proven to be a formidable obstacle for victims of outrageous police abuse.”

Read the entire commentary here.