Shielding police from civil lawsuits: SCOTUS sides with officers in qualified immunity cases

Police officers stand watch at an anti-AAPI rally in the San Gabriel Valley, May 22, 2021. Photo by Amy Ta/KCRW

The U.S. Supreme Court issued two decisions today involving qualified immunity. That’s the legal principle that shields government officials from civil lawsuits and is typically invoked amid allegations of police misconduct.

“The Supreme Court essentially gave an endorsement of police officers’ ability to use the doctrine of qualified immunity as a defense against claims of excessive force,” says Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson.

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