A federal badge will now serve as an impenetrable shield against civil liability.
and clearly does not support qualified immunity.
than other kinds of civil liability.
William Fambrough supported the "wrong" mayoral candidate, so East Cleveland law enforcement destroyed his van and hit him with petty prosecutions.
SCOTUS Lets Tony Timpa's Family Pursue Claims Against Cops Who Killed Him While Supposedly Trying To Help Him
The lawsuit over Timpa's deadly prone restraint, initially blocked by qualified immunity, was revived by the 5th Circuit.
Jerry Rogers Jr. complained that police hadn't solved a murder yet—and found himself in a jail cell.
He Was Sentenced to Death After Law Enforcement Fabricated Evidence. A Federal Court Says He Can Sue.
A conservative judge expressed skepticism at the panel's conclusion before issuing a strong rebuke of prosecutorial immunity.
Anthony Novak's arrest and subsequent lawsuit set up a debate around overcriminalization and free speech.
A judge's blistering dissent is a reminder that this issue does not have to be a partisan one.
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One of Ralph Petty's victims is trying to hold him accountable, but she will have to overcome prosecutorial immunity.
The previous standard barring such lawsuits made “little sense," wrote Justice Brett Kavanaugh for the majority.
A Federal Judge Says a Victim of Retaliatory Prosecution Can Sue a Cop Who Treated Criticism As a Crime
An Arkansas police officer used trumped-up charges to punish a man who criticized him for violating the Constitution.
The police officers who allegedly framed William Virgil were denied qualified immunity. But they're still trying to delay a trial.
DeRay Mckesson didn’t cause or encourage violence against police in Baton Rouge in 2016. The court says he can still be held responsible.
The officer used a "pain compliance maneuver" to force information from the boy's sister, who was recording the encounter.
When cops don't police their own, the results can be deadly.
"You'll have a bunch of people who plead to avoid trial or go broke trying to vindicate their rights."
The Institute for Justice offers a generally pessimistic appraisal of the situation under state law, but some optimism about prospects in the Supreme Court.
The sheriff's deputies are also not entitled to qualified immunity because the First Amendment right to offend police has been repeatedly upheld.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin's support for qualified immunity is in opposition to the principles he says he stands for.
Brookside officers have been accused of fabricating violations and are being sued.
Kelli Goode's civil suit is a case study in how difficult it can be to get state actors to take responsibility when they allegedly infringe on someone's rights.
The officers originally received qualified immunity, meaning Timpa's estate had no right to state their case before a jury.
Despite bipartisan momentum at the federal level, Congress still couldn't get anything over the finish line.
Cops Held Two Innocent Boys at Gunpoint, Forced Them to Lie on the Ground, Handcuffed Them, and Searched Them. That's Fine, the 8th Circuit Said.
The Institute for Justice wants the Supreme Court to review the case—and to clarify the proper scope of "investigatory stops."
A SWAT Team Blew Up This Innocent Woman's House and Cost Her Over $50,000. The City Tried To Stop Her From Suing.
A federal court wasn't having it.
And now an appeals court has ruled the cops who arrested her aren't entitled to qualified immunity from her lawsuit.
Fanta Bility's death has revived an under-the-radar debate about the doctrine of transferred intent.
Bau Tran might go to jail for his conduct, but he will be insulated from having to face a jury in civil court.
Keddins Etienne's experience shows that bullies who seize innocent people's property tend to back down when their victims put up a fight.
Cops Arrested Her for Exercising Her First Amendment Rights. They Got Qualified Immunity—but the Appeals Court Wasn't Having It.
"This is not just an obvious constitutional infringement—it's hard to imagine a more textbook violation of the First Amendment."
Denver cops received qualified immunity after performing a warrantless search of a man’s tablet and trying to delete a video he took of them beating a suspect.
The Supreme Court's notion of "fair notice," which it says requires blocking many civil rights lawsuits, is based on a demonstrably false assumption.
In a lawsuit, Marc Crawford's widow says the state refused to give him his prescriptions and his chemotherapy.
Recent Supreme Court rulings and developments in state legislatures have dashed hopes for a quick end to the pernicious doctrine that protects abusive law enforcement officials.
In two opinions issued Monday, the Court gave qualified immunity to several police officers accused of violating the Constitution.
It was unconstitutional to charge Jenna Holm with manslaughter. But the state wanted to protect its own.
A Louisiana Prosecutor Escapes Responsibility After Allegedly Covering Up Rape Allegations Against a Prison Official
No accountability for government corruption.
"It gives cities a protection that ordinary citizens never have."
Qualified immunity "does not protect an officer who inflicts deadly force on a person who is only a threat to himself."
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed S.B. 2 into law, despite some objections from police unions.
Dillon Shane Webb will thus not be able to sue for the alleged violation of his free speech rights.
An Inmate Allegedly 'Leaking Blood All Over' Was Denied Medical Treatment for Hours. The Prison Guard Gets Qualified Immunity
The legal doctrine continues to render juries irrelevant.
The DHS Agent Who Tried To Kill Kevin Byrd Can't Be Sued—Because He Works for the Federal Government
It's almost impossible to hold federal officers to account.