A group of Democratic lawmakers, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, are introducing legislation to end qualified immunity and open up law enforcement officers to civil liability.
The doctrine of qualified immunity “for too long has shielded law enforcement from accountability and denied recourse for the countless families robbed of their loved ones,” Pressley said. “There can be no justice without healing and accountability, and there can be no true accountability with qualified immunity.”
Pressley first joined former Michigan Rep. Justin Amash to introduce a similar version of the legislation last year as an amendment to the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.