In response to Tyre Nichols’ fatal police beating, a growing number of states are setting their sights on ending qualified immunity in 2023.
The Players Coalition has signed a letter to New York legislators urging passage of S 1991, the bill to end qualified immunity. “It’s time for New York to step up to the plate and protect its communities,” the letter states.
Legal experts Alexander A. Reinert, Joanna C. Schwartz, and James E. Pfander discuss how states can protect public safety by abolishing qualified immunity. As they write, “Today’s crisis in the criminal legal system…provides an opportunity for a new kind of civil rights federalism—one that begins with state legislative action.”
CTEQI’s year-end review recaps 10 key milestones and victories in our fight to advance racial justice, strengthen public safety, and protect civil rights.
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the School of Law at the University of Berkeley, discusses how states can “rein in the police” after both Congress and the Supreme Court failed to act.
Legal analyst, law professor, and former prosecutor Joyce Vance says that qualified immunity “has to be fixed” in an op-ed about the Ahmaud Arbery verdict and criminal justice reform.
Ben and Jerry pen an op-ed for USA Today. In their piece, the duo addresses our nation’s public safety crisis. Furthermore, they speak about how white people can tackle systemic racism in law enforcement.
SB 2 passes in California. As the Los Angeles Times reports, Governor Gavin Newsom has signed SB 2. In addition, he signed other police reform provisions. This is a huge win in the fight to end qualified immunity.
Efforts to pass the JPA (George Floyd Justice in Policing Act) have officially collapsed, The Washington Post reports. Bipartisan lawmakers failed to reach an agreement. However, the fight to end qualified immunity continues.
Today, federal lawmakers let down the American people by scraping qualified immunity reform from the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act negotiations. But the good news is, we still have many viable paths to accountability. Our fight is far from over.