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Given the long and sinister history of public officials violating the rights of people of color, Congress passed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1871, giving all Americans the right to sue public officials who violate our civil rights. However, the Supreme Court has created a doctrine known as “qualified immunity” that leads to the dismissal of most of these civil rights lawsuits.

This immunity is not part of any law passed by Congress nor is it mentioned in the Constitution. It was invented by the Supreme Court, and its application has expanded during John Roberts’ tenure as Chief Justice.

Recent rulings on qualified immunity have encountered intense criticism.

These cases are often harrowing and heart breaking. The Supreme Court is about to decide whether to consider a case that would give it a chance to end qualified immunity.

Qualified immunity has attracted concern from both the left and right. In recent years, groups ranging from the ACLU and NAACP Legal Defense Fund to the Cato Institute and Americans for Prosperity have joined forces to mutually urge the Supreme Court to reconsider the doctrine.

The issue is starting to gain public notice, but the Court needs to feel the pressure to change. Join us in adding your voice.

HAPPENING NOW: Join Rep. Ayanna Pressley and leading advocates and experts from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Emory Law, Columbia University, Constitutional Accountability Center, Center for Popular Democracy, and Demand Justice for a conversation about Qualified Immunity — and what we can do as we work to end this Supreme Court-created doctrine.

Posted by Demand Justice on Monday, June 15, 2020