Policy Assessment: Qualified Immunity

Qualified immunity is a legal doctrine that was established by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1960s. While it has received significant attention in the context of policing, its original intent was to protect all government employees acting in good faith and discourage frivolous federal civil lawsuits against them. Over the past 50 years, the Supreme Court has modified qualified immunity; it now has less to do with officers acting in “good faith” and more to do with whether officers violated “clearly established law.”

 

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