LD Nov/Dec ’16 – Limit Qualified Immunity

Resolved: The United States ought to limit qualified immunity for police officers.

Final thoughts, from NPR:

Why Police Shooting Trials Put Juries In A Bind

How We Engage In ‘Discipline Theater’ In Policing And Parenting

The ‘Discipline Theater’ story makes reference to this report:

Military-Trained Police May Be Less Hasty To Shoot, But That Got This Vet Fired

If officers are held to a standard where shooting is encouraged, and punishment occurs when they don’t, then what does that do to the Qualified Immunity question?

Update: This article will be in the files at the next update – after we’re done with this resolution. So, a direct link to the article:

The inexplicable prosecution – and vindication – of Ray Rojas

Same question as above: if officers (and prosecutors) are trained to react in this way (improper no-knock standards, and charging victims), where should the the Qualified Immunity line be drawn?


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