Qualified immunity protects cops from liability for actions that would land ordinary people in jail.
A court ruled that officers did not have enough information to know whether or not stealing violates the Constitution.
Appeals Court Rejects Qualified Immunity Claim by Dallas Transit Cop Who Arrested a Photographer for Taking Pictures
Officer Stephanie Branch arrested Avi Adelman for criminal trespass even though he was not doing anything illegal.
Absent qualified immunity, government indemnification and budgeting would continue to dampen the effect of lawsuits on government decisionmaking—but eliminating the defense could exert other pressures on government to improve.
Eliminating qualified immunity would decrease the average cost, complexity, and time spent adjudicating civil rights cases.
Absent qualified immunity, the rate at which plaintiffs win would remain about the same.
What impact would abolishing qualified immunity have on civil rights litigation, police misconduct, and government accountability?
An outcome that's all too rare. Former police officer Matthew Johns attacked a suspect in September 2016, leaving the teen unconscious and with a severe concussion.
The ruling once again shows the legal disgrace that is qualified immunity.
"No reasonable officer would engage in such recklessness," complains dissenting judge.
Police Sicced a Dog on a Surrendering Man. Will the Supreme Court Review the Doctrine That Gave Them Immunity?
The ACLU wants the Supreme Court to revisit the notorious qualified immunity doctrine.
A debate today with Professor Chris Walker
Cases in which a majority of the Court fell down on the job.
A libertarian-leaning federal judge and a liberal Supreme Court justice both make the case against qualified immunity.
Some unusual amicus briefs filed in support of cert. in Allah v. Milling
Here's a theory, at least.