TO PUT AN END TO POLICE BRUTALITY, THE SUPREME COURT MUST RECONSIDER THE DOCTRINE OF QUALIFIED IMMUNITY.
In determining the relationship between government and governed, one of the most important decisions a society can make is how accountable those who wield official power must be to those against whom that power is wielded. The doctrine of qualified immunity operates as an unwritten defense to civil rights lawsuits. It’s the reason cops behave as if the law doesn’t apply to them, because legally speaking, it doesn’t. It is well known that prosecutors rarely bring criminal charges against police officers, and indeed it seems unlikely Chauvin would have been charged had his assault on George Floyd not been captured on a viral video. This pattern continues because police are legally, politically, and culturally insulated from consequences for violating the rights of the people whom they have sworn to serve. That must change so that these incidents of police brutality stop happening.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court was supposed to announce whether they will reconsider the doctrine of qualified immunity. The decision was delayed yet again… At a time like this! WTF. Don’t even get me started. In other news, Ending Qualified Immunity Act is being introduced this week (Thursday). It is designed to eliminate qualified immunity and restore Americans’ ability to obtain relief when police officers violate their constitutionally secured rights.
We must demand an end to qualified immunity if we want to bring about lasting change. Do whatever you can to put pressure on the Supreme Court and your representatives, google qualified immunity and spread the word around.
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— STAND UP AGAINST —
Events that unfolded during the Ferguson protests demonstrated the dangers of the infamous 1033 program, the erosion of the Constitution, and the collusion between government, business, and police interests.
In fact, Duke University historian Sam Mitrani aptly wrote, “[The police] were created to protect the new form of wage-labor capitalism that emerged in the mid to late nineteenth century […] from the working class”. In layman’s terms, you are the nail, the police are the hammer, and men like George Soros wield that hammer to put you in your place (or in the ground), permanently. Proclaim your solidarity with the victims of police brutality.
Broadcast your own message in a peaceful way. It’s not just the act of violence we have to rise against, but also the highly coordinated media manipulation and political misinformation that follows each incident. Violent protest is not the answer – the media will spin it against you. Protests help raise awareness about the issue, but they are open to misinterpretation, and therefore do not satisfy the requirements for change.
Learn about your rights, freedoms, be vigilant, organise, study history and teach others. Knowledge really is power. Your mind is the only weapon you need, but this anti cop shirt is a nice touch, too.