A federal judge who handed a cop qualified immunity (QI) did so reluctantly, NPR reports.
In a recent case, Judge Carleton Reeves handed Nick McClendon, a white Mississippi officer, QI after pulling over and harassing Clarence Jamison, a Black man.
But, in his written legal opinion, the judge urged SCOTUS to revisit qualified immunity. He believes it’s time to toss the loophole into “the dustbin of history.”
“Immunity is not exoneration,” Judge Reeves wrote. “And the harm in this case to one man sheds light on the harm done to the nation by this manufactured doctrine.”
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Learn more about the Clarence Jamison case in Ben Cohen’s upcoming book on qualified immunity, Above the Law, available for preorder at OR Books.
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