Supreme Court Tosses Cases Becalling lmmunity For Police Officers.
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Monday, the Supreme Court again turned away a slew of cases revisiting the controversial legal doctrine that shields law enforcement and government officials from being sued for actions taken in an official capacity.
The decision by the high court comes against the backdrop of protests that have erupted across the U.S. in response to the death of George Floyd, 46, and other unarmed African Americans at the hands of law enforcement.
Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for several minutes as he struggled to breath, and three other officers looked away. Chauvin has since been fired and arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
Supreme Court Tosses Cases Becalling lmmunity For Police Officers
The Supreme Court has for weeks been weighing numerous cases involving qualified immunity, the legal doctrine that protects government officials from lawsuits stemming from conduct on the job.
But qualified immunity for police officers, in particular, has come under heightened scrutiny in recent years, as it makes it more difficult for victims to hold law enforcement accountable for use of excessive force.
Civil rights groups, lawmakers and legal scholars have urged the Supreme Court to narrow the legal doctrine, warning it allows police to act with impunity.
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