Dismantling our carceral state:
Repeal Qualified Immunity Statutes:
Qualified immunity permits law enforcement and other government officials to violate people’s constitutional rights with virtual impunity.
We are witness to police shootings of unarmed Black people and other physical violence where officers are rarely if ever held accountable by the criminal legal system, either because prosecutors decline to charge, because grand juries decline to indict, or because juries decline to convict.
Qualified immunity takes away the avenues that victims of police violence should have available to hold police accountable and victims of brutality or harassment by law enforcement generally get no relief in court and have no ability to hold offending officers and governments to account. This is just wrong.