Friday, June 12, 2020

The idea behind qualified immunity is fine, the way it's been used

as a "Do almost anything and be safe from being sued" is a shitshow.
The United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia dismissed the suit and granted all five officers qualified immunity. But on Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit overturned that dismissal. Writing for the unanimous panel, Circuit Judge Henry Franklin Floyd summed up in plain terms the absurd question before the court: "decid[ing] whether it was clearly established that five officers could not shoot a man 22 times as he lay motionless on the ground."

I'm sure they'll appeal to the next court, so we'll see what happens.

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