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No More Qualified Immunity For NYPD Officers


The New York City Council voted to pass a reform that ceases qualified immunity for police officers accused of civil rights violations.


Legislators claim that this change is meant “to ensure that officers who violate Constitutional rights in the course of a search and seizure or by the use of excessive force are not entitled to qualified immunity,”


Qualified immunity has allowed officers to avoid civil suits unless the plaintiff shows that the official violated "clearly established statutory or constitutional rights of which a reasonable person would have known".


New York introduced this along with several other police reforms submitted earlier this month.


More police officers are going to be held accountable, says council member Stephen Levin. “Today we provide the people of New York City an important tool for accountability when law enforcement violates their rights,” Levin explained: “Today we provide the people of New York City an important tool for accountability when law enforcement violates their rights,”


According to City Councilman Corey Johnson, New York has now become the first city to effectively end qualified immunity.


Qualified immunity was established as far back as 1967 in Mississippi. It was put in place to prevent the Freedom Riders from being able to hold officials accountable, even when they broke the law.


It was a relic from a time in our nation's history where laws and systems were being created to keep Black people from thriving. It is heavily representative of the systemic racism Black people face in America.


Ending qualified immunity has the promise of eliminating police abuse in New York, but is barely a scratch to the surface of the work that needs to be done.


This is a part of the mayor's initiative to reform and reinvent policing. De Blasio along with Speaker Johnson and Chair Adams, aim to make the city safer for generations to come.


“These reforms will confront centuries of over policing in communities of color and strengthen the bonds between police and community,” de Blasio said.



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