Qualified immunity is a defense that police officers cannot be sued for misconduct if they were unaware at the time that their conduct was illegal and if there is no previous legal case with similar facts that ruled that officers may not engage in that conduct. Proponents argue that more intense criticism of police will disincentivize officers from doing their jobs resulting in crime rates going up. Opponents argue that police officers should be held more accountable for misconduct.
It is crucial that all public servants be held to a higher standard of accountability than the average person. Every police officer, regardless of their record or history of complaints, should be temporarily suspended from duty, pending a thorough and extensive investigation into the incident by a non-biased, external team of investigators. Police officers should also go through more extensive training and education during Police Academy and should continue mandatory training throughout their career.
There should be no legal protection for acting in bad faith. There should be enough good faith protection so officers aren't afraid to perform their duty. Misconduct should not be protected, good conduct should not be punished.
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