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Road Rage Lawsuit Has Implications for Police Shootings: Opinion

Can you be fired from a government job for using a firearm in self-defense? That question arose in a recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The answer was … equivocal. Let’s first be clear …

Insurance Plays Key Role in Civil Rights Settlements Against Law Enforcement

Municipalities, their insurers and risk pools should be heeding the current public re-examination of police and prosecutorial actions taking place across the country, according to an insurance policyholder attorney who works on civil rights cases. Attorney Alexander Brown sees the …

Reuters Finds Disparity in How Judges Apply Qualified Immunity

The May 25 killing of George Floyd, a Black man, by a Minneapolis cop has prompted calls for an end to “qualified immunity,” a legal doctrine that in recent years has increasingly helped cops beat back lawsuits that accuse them …

Supreme Court Rejects Appeals Over Police ‘Qualified Immunity’

The U.S. Supreme Court this week refused to take up a new test of “qualified immunity,” rejecting several appeals that challenged the legal doctrine that has become a broad liability shield for police officers accused of civil rights violations. Qualified …

Appeals Court Rejects Qualified Immunity for West Virginia Police in Excessive Force Suit

A federal appeals court has vacated part of a finding that cleared five West Virginia police officers on qualified immunity grounds in an excessive force lawsuit, which was filed by the estate of a homeless black man shot 22 times. …

Qualified Immunity Suggests Police Are Above the Law: Opinion

The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 introduced by House Democrats this week contains a provision that is likely to become the subject of lively debate: The provision effectively eliminates the legal defense known as “qualified immunity” for state and …

REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT on Police Immunity: For Cops Who Kill, Special Supreme Court Protection

MADILL, Oklahoma — Sick with pneumonia, agitated and confused, Johnny Leija refused to return to his hospital room. Moments later, with three police officers pinning him on the floor, Leija was dead at age 34. Staff at the local hospital …

REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT: When Cops Kill, Redress Is Rare, Except in Famous Cases

The 2014 shooting death of black teen Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, prompted angry protests and trained a national spotlight on a perceived lack of police accountability for violent encounters with the public. Since then, …

REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT: A United Front Takes Aim at Police Immunity From Lawsuits

The diverse opponents of qualified immunity have thrown their weight behind at least five appeals now awaiting the Supreme Court’s attention, each considered a potential means of removing or softening the doctrine. One of them is the case of Alexander …

City, Electrical Inspector in New Jersey Not Liable in Multi-Unit Home Fire Lawsuit

The Supreme Court of New Jersey has ruled a city and its electrical inspector are not liable for claims resulting from a fatal fire within a multi-unit home that was allegedly caused by faulty wiring. The court stated in its …