The rogue cop responsible for Patrick Lyoya’s death faces consequences; the ACLU of Vermont tracks problematic policing; the Institute for Justice blasts the Supreme Court; and more!
Derek Perkinson, a civil rights strategist and New York State field director for the National Action Network, relates the racist history of qualified immunity in a recent op-ed for the Gotham Gazette.
Courts rule in favor of police accountability; Maryland eyes new public safety measures; House reps speak out against qualified immunity; and more!
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.
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund condemns qualified immunity (QI) in a new op-ed for USA Today. The civil rights organization addresses how courts have created “serious barriers to accountability and fairness” because of QI.
Raffi Melkonian speaks out against qualified immunity (QI) in USA Today. Melkonian is a Houston-based attorney and a QI critic. As he discusses in his op-ed, suing rogue cops is nearly impossible because “qualified immunity upends the usual process and can stall cases for years.”
States can and should end qualified immunity, Chris Kemmitt and Georgina Yeomans write in Slate. Kemmett and Yeomans are civil rights attorneys for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The two legal experts are vocal critics of the controversial doctrine.
Kevin Byrd challenges qualified immunity (QI). In 2019, bad federal agent Ray Lamb threatened Byrd in an unprovoked attack. In response, Byrd sued. But Lamb got QI. Now, Kevin Byrd hopes to take his case to the Supreme Court.
On September 13, the Pulitzer Center published an article on the deaths of Nicholas Gilbert and Don Ray Clark. Both Gilbert and Clark died under police custody. Both were from St. Louis, Missouri. And both died in ways similar to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
USA Today looks at the Supreme Court and qualified immunity (QI). In a new op-ed, USA Today’s Editorial Board examines some recent QI rulings. Handed down by the Supreme Court, these rulings could signal “a new era of accountability.”