In two cases the court reinforced its position that police offices, doing their actions, within their basic procedural outlines have a ‘qualified’ immunity….
There have been cases of bad judgement actions splashed across the media….
(With arrests of police officers and civil suits against their government employers))
Police officers around the country make still spilt second judgement actions countless times a day…
Taking them to court afterwards seems not to be the avenue for those against the concept that courts regularly use to give cop’s the benefit of the doubt mostly, but not always….
After early ‘defund’ the police protests across the country?
Support for law enforcement has risen (As some violent crime has risen ) and police unions have fought back against effort to impose limitations on their members actions…
For advocates taking aim at qualified immunity, the pair of unsigned rulings sent another strong message: The most likely path to changing the doctrine is through legislation, not the courts.
“It is absolutely important for statehouses to open up their courthouse doors to individuals with claims against officers,” said Anya Bidwell, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, which has lobbied in favor of state bills seeking to undo the doctrine.
So far, though, those political efforts have been largely fruitless, as bipartisan talks in Congress have broken down over efforts to reduce qualified-immunity protections for police and dozens of state-level bills have died under heavy pressure from police unions.
The Supreme Court’s decisions on Monday suggest the court is sticking with its own strict interpretation of the doctrine. To sue, plaintiffs have to show that officers violated rights that are “clearly established” by previous case law — meaning they have to find another case involving nearly identical circumstances…
“The Supreme Court has consistently over the years emphasized it would defer to law enforcement when it comes to split-second decision-making,”…..