In a new Special Report, Reuters revealed how the U.S. high court’s continual refinement of an obscure legal doctrine, called "qualified immunity," has made it harder to hold police accountable when accused of using excessive force. In an unprecedented analysis of appellate court records, Reuters found that since 2005, the courts have shown an increasing tendency to grant immunity to cops being sued for excessive force – even when the court acknowledges they actually used such force.
Reuters Special Report: Cops who kill receive special Supreme Court protection
08 May 2020, 12:00 am 1 minute
Topics of Interest: Politics
Type: Reuters Best
Story Types: Special Report / Insight