• These paramedics ridiculed Hirschell Fletcher as he died. When lying failed, they turned to qualified immunity.

    James Craven | July 13, 2020

    There’s little doubt about how Hirschell Fletcher died.  Homeless on the streets of Dallas, Texas, Fletcher was assaulted, robbed, and beaten in the head.  Bystanders called for help, and paramedics Kyle Clark and Brad Cox responded.  But Clark and Cox didn’t help Fletcher.

    They ridiculed him.

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  • After tragic death of Carlos Ingram Lopez, Arizona family faces long odds against qualified immunity

    Unlawful Shield | July 1, 2020

    On April 21, 27-year-old Carlos Ingram Lopez drew his last breath as police pinned him against the floor of his grandmother’s garage after placing a “spit hood” over his head. Police body cameras record him telling officers that he could not breathe and calling for his grandmother.

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  • Tucker Carlson’s Fanciful Defense of What He Imagines Qualified Immunity To Be

    Jay Schweikert | June 27, 2020

    A good sign that a policy is indefensible is when its proponents cannot bring themselves to describe it accurately. Such is the case with the doctrine of qualified immunity, which is currently the subject of a furious disinformation campaign led by the law‐​enforcement lobby (see herehere). The most recent mouthpiece for this campaign was Tucker Carlson, who two nights ago mounted a spirited defense of an imaginary legal rule that he called “qualified immunity,” but which bears only the faintest resemblance to the actual doctrine.

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  • Police walked up to this Georgia citizen and broke his wrist. Their casual indifference is terrifying.

    James Craven | June 24, 2020

    Antonio Smith wasn’t the man these cops were looking for, but as they pulled up to him alongside a lonely highway in Georgia, he was anxious for good reason. Mere moments after taking his driver’s license, Valdosta police slammed him onto the ground and broke his wrist.

    Antonio Smith

    The casual indifference with which these officers approach and subsequently grievously injure Mr. Smith is terrifying.  They order him to put his hands behind his back while holding him firmly in a bear hug, then take him down anyway.  It speaks to a mindset completely divorced from a world where actions have consequences.

    Because of qualified immunity, there may not be any.

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  • Bizarre rant from FLEOA demands to know how officers will avoid suits for sexual misconduct after we #AbolishQI

    James Craven | June 24, 2020

    “[I]f the trooper’s conduct was found to be unconstitutional or unethical, he may have been left exposed by his agency to any legal ramifications from that unethical conduct,” frets the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association in baffling new piece.

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