Massachusetts Democrats are not backing down from efforts to end qualified immunity. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Sen. Ed Markey and Sen. Elizabeth Warren have introduced a bill to abolish the legal doctrine established by the judiciary that protects police and law enforcement from being held personally liable for violating someone’s constitutional rights.
“We must fully end the doctrine of qualified immunity which for too long has shielded law enforcement from accountability and denied recourse for the countless families robbed of their loved ones,” Pressley said, according to The Intercept.
Noting the doctrine contributes to systemic racism, Pressley said it needed to be abolished before real change could come. “There can be no justice without healing and accountability, and there can be no true accountability with qualified immunity,” Pressley continued.