Would ACB be inclined to end “qualified immunity”?
That is, would she seek to end the current “get out of jail card” that many police enjoy?
During its last session, the Supreme Court passed up a bunch of opportunities to revisit qualified immunity, a doctrine that shields government officials from federal civil rights claims when their alleged misconduct did not violate “clearly established” law. But critics of that doctrine, which in many cases has protected police officers from liability for outrageous abuses, still hope the justices will take up the issue at some point. While it’s not clear whether Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is inclined to do that, her positions on qualified immunity as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit suggest she takes a constrained view of the doctrine’s scope.
This article was originally posted here: https://www.ac2news.com/2020/10/would-acb-be-inclined-to-end-qualified-immunity/.