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A Federal Judge Blasts the Supreme Court for Inventing Qualified Immunity for Cops

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05.08.2020

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A federal judge in Mississippi published a scorching opinion on Tuesday calling on the Supreme Court to eliminate “qualified immunity,” the legal doctrine that gives police officers special protection from lawsuits when they violate people’s civil rights.

Judge Carlton Reeves, who was nominated in 2010 by President Barack Obama to the US District Court in the Southern District of Mississippi, opened his opinion by listing 19 killings of Black people at the hands of police before turning to the case before him, which involved a Black man, Clarence Jamison, who was subjected to a lengthy and humiliating traffic stop and search by a white police officer. Even though the officer had violated the Jamison’s rights, Reeves concluded, he was obligated to grant the officer immunity for his actions because of a series of Supreme Court rulings. Though he said he was bound by........

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