Wednesday, June 17, 2020. New York City – Thousands of people in the country and in other countries have been marching to demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the many other people killed by police officers in the United States of America. One of the things people want it is to end qualified immunity.
Today Bernie Sanders said on Twitter, “It’s time to abolish “qualified immunity” so police officers can be held fully accountable for abuses they commit. No one is above the law.”
Amir H. Ali and Emily Clark write on theappeal.org, “Qualified immunity permits law enforcement and other government officials to violate people’s constitutional rights with virtual impunity. Today, we hear about police shooting after police shooting where officers are rarely if ever held accountable by the criminal legal system, either because prosecutors decline to charge, because grand juries decline to indict, or because juries decline to convict.”
Cornell Law School says, “Qualified immunity only applies to suits against government officials as individuals, not suits against the government for damages caused by the officials’ actions. Although qualified immunity frequently appears in cases involving police officers, it also applies to most other executive branch officials. While judges, prosecutors, legislators, and some other government officials do not receive qualified immunity, most are protected by other immunity doctrines.”
Today Fulton county D.A. Paul Howard said ex-officer Garrett Rolfe is facing 11 charges, including felony murder. Rolfe murdered Rayshard Brooks. Devin Brosnan, the other officer involved in the killing, is facing three charges, including aggravated assault and violation of oath. Howard asked the two officers to surrender themselves by 6 pm tomorrow, Thursday, June 18, 2020. He said he would recommend no bond for Rolfe and a bond of $50,000 for Devin. Brosnan is cooperating with his office and is willing to testify against Rolfe.
Paul Howard said we need to end qualified immunity when it comes to police shootings.
Justin Miller and Justin Glawe wrote the article “Revealed: officer who killed Rayshard Brooks accused of covering up 2015 shooting.” Part of the article says, “The Atlanta police officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks was accused of covering up an earlier shooting he and other officers participated in, according to a judge who reviewed the case.
In August 2015, Rolfe and two other officers opened fire on Jackie Jermaine Harris, who they chased after he was caught driving a stolen truck, the Guardian can reveal after reviewing court documents on the incident.
“None of the police put in the report that they shot the man – none of them. And they sent him to Grady [Memorial Hospital] with collapsed lungs and everything, and the report doesn’t mention it,” (Judge Doris L) Downs said.”
Bernie Sanders said today on Twitter: “If we’re going to bring about transformative change in this country and take on powerful special interests, we must elect great candidates at the grassroots level. Join our day of action this Saturday to help progressives win upcoming primaries: https://act.berniesanders.com/signup/fobs-june-day-of-action/
There will many events to celebrate Juneteenth on Friday, June 19, 2020. The Instagram account JusticeForGeorgeNYC has a list of events in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. Click the link for info: https://www.instagram.com/justiceforgeorgenyc/
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