The answer speaks volumes about the extent to which that doctrine protects police officers from liability for outrageous conduct.
The Souls of Yellow Folk author says a new "elite consensus" fixated on racial outrage is forming and may destroy our ability to function.
The House voted to recognize the District of Columbia as a state, but many obstacles still lie ahead.
The Fox News host says reforming qualified immunity would "end law enforcement." That's not even close to being true.
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Republicans have said ending qualified immunity is off the table, and for the moment policing reform looks dead in Congress.
San Francisco and Oakland have moved toward getting police out of its schools, while Chicago and L.A. rejected similar proposals this week.
A Second Amendment hypocrite with a plan to undermine federalism
Prison Guards Who Locked Naked Inmate in Cell Filled With 'Massive Amounts' of Feces Got Qualified Immunity
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals acknowledged that the plaintiff's Eighth Amendment rights were violated.
Trading unattainable exactitude for unimpeachable morality will lead to a scoldier and less accurate journalism.
The Brown University economist says prejudice and systemic racism are not the primary problems facing African Americans.
The Brown University economist and outspoken critic of Black Lives Matter discusses George Floyd, social progress, and the state of political discourse.
The legal doctrine frequently allows police officers to violate your rights without fear of civil liability.
A dispatch from the Black House Autonomous Zone
The information in the no-knock warrant application was based purely on guilt by association.
These reforms would protect all Americans while reducing racial disparities in policing.
Police unions exist to protect cops at the expense of the public.
The legislation rolls back regulations that have been shielding bad police from accountability.
Police officers shouldn't be above the law.
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A white mayor is pursuing a racially fraught investigation of a black man for hanging exercise straps in a park. What could go wrong?
Police strategies have changed dramatically in the past few decades—and not because of soaring crime. America's War on Drugs is a prime culprit.
The Guilt or Innocence of the Cop Who Killed Rayshard Brooks Has Nothing to Do With George Floyd's Death
The felony murder charge against Garrett Rolfe hinges on whether he reasonably believed Brooks posed a threat.
Our leaders and institutions are failing us spectacularly. It's up to us to reboot society.
NYPD Cops Claimed Shake Shack Employees Put Bleach in Their Milkshakes. An NYPD Investigation Found Otherwise.
Cops have a long history of thinking fast food workers are out to get them.
The bill would incentivize police to ban chokeholds and create a national use-of-force database.
One need not believe every cop is a bigot to recognize that the problem goes beyond a few "bad apples."
That uniform rule is different from the policies favored by Donald Trump and House Democrats.
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It does not touch qualified immunity or police unions.
Sifting through some positive criminal justice developments on the Reason Roundtable.
How to reduce police killings and enact lasting change.
Every encounter with armed agents of the state has the potential to end tragically, which is a good reason to minimize such encounters.
The Cops Who Sicced a Dog on a Surrendered Suspect Got Qualified Immunity. SCOTUS Won't Hear the Case.
"I have previously expressed my doubts about our qualified immunity jurisprudence," writes Associate Justice Clarence Thomas in a dissent.
How to stop police killings and enact real, lasting reforms.
The family of George Floyd probably won't be able to successfully sue Derek Chauvin in civil court because of qualified immunity, but they will help pay for the killer cop's retirement.
The comedian expresses rage over police brutality while offering optimism for a better world.
Will progressives alienate allies and squander this opportunity for change?
A Cop Shot a 10-Year-Old and Got Qualified Immunity. Tom Brady and 1,400 Other Pro Athletes Want To Fix That.
Citing work from Reason, players and coaches from the NFL, NBA, and MLB are urging Congress to end qualified immunity.
All that accomplishes is encouraging us to view our fellow Americans as enemies, to see ourselves as members of warring tribes rather than citizens of a nation.
Cops Who Shot Homeless Man 22 Times While He Lay on the Ground Are Not Protected by Qualified Immunity, Appeals Court Rules
It's a perverse kind of progress, but it's progress all the same.
After George Floyd’s death, the city will bring in outside advisers to recommend changes to make policing more transparent and accountable.
With Trump opposed too, there's little hope that a serious police reform bill will get through Congress anytime soon.