Qualified Immunity: End it!
Stop shielding criminal police
Qualified Immunity is an idea conjured out of thin air by the Supreme Court in 1967.
Qualified Immunity holds that police cannot be held liable for their actions unless mostly impossible conditions are met. Victims must show that a previous court ruled that the exact same act, involving the exact same facts, was a constitutional violation. In other words…
Qualified immunity is a constitutional Catch 22
In practice, qualified immunity means that a constitutional precedent can’t be established unless it has already been established. That’s a Catch-22.
It also means that citizens can only rarely hold police responsible for their actions.
We need federal legislation to make police accountable
Many states are already moving to end qualified immunity. But now we need similar legislation at the federal level.
Representative Justin Amash (Libertarian) introduced the Ending Qualified Immunity Act (HR 7085) to solve this problem. This bill would allow citizens to sue cops who have violated the law. His co-sponsor/partner was Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts). Sixty six other representatives also co-sponsored the bill, including Representative Tom McClintock, a Republican. This bill was the first to have tripartisan support in Congress.
Someone in Congress needs to re-introduce the Ending Qualified Immunity Act. We are working to make that happen.
Here’s how we’ll pass this reform
Three hundred constituents will visit your local congressional offices in constant waves of 3, 5, or 6 people. Similar groups of 300 will be at work in every congressional district. This should cause a majority of representatives to cosponsor this bill.
You “take an option” on something when you make a commitment that doesn’t have to be fulfilled until certain conditions are met. Option Activism means that you won’t have to do anything until doing something is sure to work. In this case…
- No local meetings will be scheduled until all 300 people are committed.
- You can go at a time convenient to you.
- You won’t have to speak much unless you want to.
- The bill will pass and the world will change when a majority in Congress co-sponsors it.