Amash to introduce bill allowing victims to sue police officers

by Peter Heck · Jun 3rd, 2020 11:30 am

Responding to the outrage over the death of George Floyd, Michigan representative Justin Amash has announced his plans to introduce a bill to end "qualified immunity" for police officers. In practice, that would mean that officers who violate the rights of citizens may be sued in court.

The qualified immunity doctrine is a creation of the U.S. Supreme Court and was established to protect officials of the government, including police officers, from lawsuits brought by disgruntled individuals in trouble with the law. The doctrine is largely seen as an impediment to police accountability.

Amash announced on Twitter his intent to "restore Americans' ability to obtain relief when police officers violate their constitutionally secured rights" by introducing the Ending Qualified Immunity Act.

Amash specifically cited the murder of Floyd as his motivation, calling it "the latest in a long line of incidents of egregious police misconduct."

? Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar has signaled her support for the bill.

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