Warren, Pressley among Dems pushing to strip police of ‘qualified immunity’ – Fox News

Posted: March 3, 2021 at 1:58 am

Democrats in the House and Senate reintroduced legislation this week to end qualified immunity for law enforcement officersto pave the way for alleged victims of police brutality to file lawsuits.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., along with fellowMassachusettsDemocraticSens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, are among the co-sponsors of the"Ending Qualified Immunity Act" that aims to abolish the legal protections for law enforcement officers fromcivil lawsuits.

"There will not be true racial justice until we end qualified immunity," Markey said in a statement.

Pressley and former Rep. Justin Amash, a Libertarian from Michigan, first introduced the legislation last year after the death of George Floyd during an arrest by Minneapolis police thatsparked civil unrest throughout the summer.

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The legislation statesthat the qualified immunity doctrine,which can protectcops from being held personally liable, does notprovide police officers that brutalize or otherwise violate civil rights with defense or immunity from liability for their actions.

If qualified immunity is eliminated, many more lawsuitsagainst police could proceed to a trial or settlement, and police departments could have more trouble finding insurance carriers to pay out the uptick in settlements to victims of police brutality.

Other co-sponsors include Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and progressive Reps.Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Cori Bush, D-Mo.

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Pressley, a member of the so-called progressive Squad, offered the legislation as the House is set to consider police reform legislationthis month. The Democrats' "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act" passed the House last year but died in the GOP-led Senate.

"We must fully end the doctrine of qualified immunity which for too long has shielded law enforcement from accountability and denied recourse for the countless families robbed of their loved ones," Pressleysaid in a statement.

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"There can be no justice without healing and accountability, and there can be no true accountability with qualified immunity," she said."We must act with urgency. We must be bold and unapologetic in our pursuit of policy that increases police accountability and addresses the crisis of police brutality plaguing Black and brown communities."

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