End Qualified Immunity
No more protection for criminal behavior
Qualified Immunity is an idea conjured out of thin air by the Supreme Court in 1967.
The Court decided that the police are immune from liability unless their victim can show that a previous court ruled that the exact same act, involving the exact same facts, was a constitutional violation.
If that sounds insane to you, that’s because it is. For one thing, it means that a constitutional precedent can’t be established unless it has already been established. That’s a Catch-22.
It also means that police can only rarely be held responsible for their actions.
Representative Justin Amash (L) has introduced the Ending Qualified Immunity Act (HR 7085) so that citizens can sue cops who harm them based on the actual violations that occurred in their case. With the right strategy, we should be able to get it passed because the bill has tri-partisan support – Democrat, Republican, and Libertarian.
To help pass this bill 300 people in your district will visit your local congressional offices in groups of 3, 5, or 6 at a time. These groups will ask your representatives to sponsor this bill.
There will be similar “Agenda Setter” groups in every district.
Each additional sponsor recruited will improve our chance to pass the bill. In fact, having a majority of sponsors will allow us to compel passage!
As you consider being one of the 300 for your district, please know that…
- The visits won’t start until 300 are committed in your district.
- You won’t go alone.
- You can choose a convenient day.
- You won’t have to be the group’s spokesperson, unless you want to be.
Use the form below to send your reps a message about this issue.
- Keep the box checked if you want to be one of the 300 Agenda Setters.
- We’ll send you progress reports by email.