End Qualified Immunity

Qualified immunity prevents law enforcement from being held personally accountable for violating people’s rights. It allows law enforcement to cross legal lines they know they should not, while dehumanizing members of our communities. 

Ending qualified immunity means that law enforcement officers who break the law can be held personally accountable, and victims of police misconduct can receive justice. Ending qualified immunity means supporting personal accountability.

LDF has compiled an index of the efforts by states and cities to address police accountability and transform public safety.

Qualified Immunity (QI) shields law enforcement and other public officials from being held personally liable for constitutional violations in civil court. Since police officers are rarely charged criminally for their violence and misconduct, civil court is often the only avenue for victims to receive justice. 

So how does qualified immunity work?

Qualified immunity goes beyond policing.

Read LDF Assistant Counsel Georgina Yeomans’ op-ed in Slate about how qualified immunity is wreaking havoc in schools and has been used to protect teachers who physically abuse students.

Mahogane Reed, LDF’s John Payton Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy Fellow, joined the podcast Unaccountable to discuss qualified immunity.

LDF Original Content

Five Times Police Used Qualified Immunity to Get Away with Misconduct and Violence

By John Guzman

Communications Associate -
Police Accountability

Law enforcement officers have stolen money, shot children, attempted to harm family pets, killed vulnerable people, and, worst of all, they have gotten away with it— all because of qualified immunity. Read about these egregious examples, and how qualified immunity enables police misconduct and violence.

Qualified Immunity Cases

It is critical for our legal system to facilitate fair and effective accountability for law enforcement. Barriers to accountability, such as qualified immunity, must not allow law enforcement to escape consequences for their actions.

Vette v. Sanders
On December 31, 2017, Eric Vette was apprehended and arrested on non-violent charges. After he was apprehended,...
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Ferguson v. McDonough
On July 9, 2018, Joseph Ferguson was tased by Officer McDonough of the Kenosha Police Department. Officer...
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