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Intelligence Squared U.S.: Is It Time to End Qualified Immunity for Cops?

Monday, November 14, 2022

Qualified immunity is a legal principle that provides government officials with immunity from some civil suits. Critics argue it’s a central barrier to substantive police reform, allowing officers to more easily to kill or injure with impunity. But advocates say it’s a necessary protection, shielding police officers from bankruptcy and vindictive personal lawsuits. So how does one balance two important, yet competing public interests?