At NJ.com, Brooke Barnett and Lauren Bonds argue that “qualified immunity” should be abolished. An excerpt:
Qualified immunity communicates to police officers that they are above the law and tells them they can act with impunity. As recent experience tells us, it’s difficult to prevent officers from engaging in misconduct without accountability. Recent experience also tells us that there is a growing and broad consensus that police officers should face real consequences when they abuse their authority. With every new report of an abuse of civil rights or, in some cases, death, calls for change have grown.