Congresswoman Claudia Tenney joined law enforcement officials to support a bill that would put Qualified Immunity into law.
Qualified Immunity works as a legal roadblock for filing lawsuits against police officers or public officials. The only exception is if a court deems that an officer violated a clear constitutional right.
A debate over the fairness of the rule came up after the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in 2020.
Tenney says that the Qualified Immunity is a protection against frivolous lawsuits and that removing it does not increase accountability or make communities safer.
Places that have gotten rid of Qualified Immunity include New York City, Colorado, Connecticut, and New Mexico.
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