Justin Amash announces introducing the “Ending Qualified Immunity Act”

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  1. Avatar Slade the Leveller
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    This one is probably equally as important: https://twitter.com/brianschatz/status/1267187603737964544?s=20Report

  2. Avatar Chip Daniels
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    I’m fine with modifying or ending QI.

    But when we talk about these political and legal issues its important to remember how laws and structures are just vehicles to achieve an outcome and are highly flexible.

    Even the most objectively written law gets interpreted however the courts and elected officials want it to mean.

    Ending QI could mean firing racist cops. Or it could mean firing cops for not being racist enough.

    So, sure, Amash can fight on his front of the police brutality war, and we will fight on ours.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Chip Daniels
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      So you’re not opposed to modifying or ending QI, you’re just not going to help support modifying or ending it?

      Fair enough.Report

    • Avatar Stillwater in reply to Chip Daniels
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      So, sure, Amash can fight on his front of the police brutality war, and we will fight on ours.

      From your point of view, what is “our side” of this fight? What’s the goal? What are the means to achieve the goal such that limiting or ending QI isn’t part of it?Report

      • Avatar Chip Daniels in reply to Stillwater
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        Our side is to keep pointing out the injustice of racism and hierarchy which justifies and perpetuates police brutality.

        Electing more and better Democrats is a good companion piece to ending QI.

        “Firing Bad Cops” is the equal to “Arrest The Looters”. They are both after-the-fact responses; Necessary, but not sufficient.Report

        • Avatar Stillwater in reply to Chip Daniels
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          Ahh. So your fight is to elect more Democrats. This is where I remind you that most of the racist abuse which spins you up occurs in Democratic controlled cities. Seems like Democrats may be part of the problem, no?Report

          • Avatar Chip Daniels in reply to Stillwater
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            More, and better Democrats.Report

            • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Chip Daniels
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              How is this different from the folks who argue for more/better police officers?Report

              • Avatar Chip Daniels in reply to Jaybird
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                Do we need to change the structure, or the people who are in it?

                Yes.Report

              • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Chip Daniels
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                We’ve had elections for my entire life. You know who was elected to Senate in the year I was born?

                Joe Biden.

                Could we try changing the system for once?Report

              • Avatar Chip Daniels in reply to Jaybird
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                I’d Love To Change The World
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzrUqAtUcpU

                Tax the rich, feed the poor
                Till there are no rich no more

                World pollution, there’s no solution
                Institution, electrocution
                Just black and white, rich or poor
                Them and us, stop the war

                Id love to change the world
                But I don’t know what to do
                So I’ll leave it up to you
                Report

              • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Chip Daniels
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                How’s this? Justin Amash is introducing the Ending Qualified Immunity Act to eliminate qualified immunity and restore Americans’ ability to obtain relief when police officers violate their constitutionally secured rights.

                Please give your representative a call.

                Here is a link that will help you look up who your representative is.

                When I looked up my representative using that page, it included links to his contact information.

                Let me know if your representative’s contact information is not on your representative’s page and then tell me who your representative is and I will google your representative’s contact info for you.Report

              • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to Chip Daniels
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                How about we change the structure one piece at a time. Like, say, ending a horrible legal doctrine that enables structural racism to continue?Report

              • Avatar InMD in reply to Oscar Gordon
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                There are two big blocs that challenge reform. One is the reactionary, reflexively pro-law enforcement bloc with a million tons of inertia on its side due to decades of law and policy all going in one direction.

                The other is a reform side bloc led by people who use the issue as a platform to evangelize all of their bizarre, esoteric race theories but when push comes to shove don’t seem to be interested in making headway with the tools we have.Report

              • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to InMD
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                The tools we have are just so slow! I’d be all for burning it all down and starting fresh except for A) all the violence and death that usually follows such burning, and B) such violence and death is rarely, if ever, applied to the PEOPLE who are the actual problem.Report

              • Avatar InMD in reply to Oscar Gordon
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                The tools are slow but they are there for the taking. People are always waiting for some watershed SCOTUS case or for the feds to pull their heads out of their asses. It’s never going to happen that way. The model needs to be something more like the slow liberalization of marijuana laws at state and local levels.

                It’s really a death by a thousand cuts approach with a focus on good government. We’re never just going to wake up one day to everyone being on the exact same page on the more meta issues, especially the ones that have been divisive for generations.Report

            • Avatar Stillwater in reply to Chip Daniels
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              Which is a better Democrat, one who supports repealing QI and advocates major reform of police unions or one who repeats slogans about how racist inner city police practices are but takes no action?Report

            • Avatar DavidTC in reply to Chip Daniels
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              The problem isn’t that the Democrats are ‘bad’, the problem is that a huge amount of white Democrats are actually quite racist, and have no real problem with a police force who acts like this.

              Oh, sure, they’ll complain, and pass photos of the protests around when some sort of imaginary boundary gots crossed and some clearly innocent black person gets killed, but the idea that the police needs to be basically dismantled and rebuilt is simply never going to enter their mind.

              This is the actual reason that the right immediately tries to figure out some fault with anyone who’s been killed. It’s not to convince their own people…those people already are fine with it. It’s to convince the white liberals who are saying ‘This is wrong, how could this happen.’ to quietly go away.

              This isn’t going to get fixed until the response to that isn’t ‘Oh, he was an actual criminal, I guess he deserved it’, and is instead ‘The police are not allowed to kill actual criminals’ and ‘It sure it racist how only black criminals are killed by the police’.Report

              • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to DavidTC
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                Jenny Durkan, the mayor of very liberal Seattle, said that SPD had their body cams all turned off during the protests and riots because they police wanted to protect protesters from the police surveillance state.Report

              • Avatar Stillwater in reply to Oscar Gordon
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                You’ll get a kick outa this. the civil rights concerns that underpinned Mayor Durkhan’s somewhat bizarre explanation of Seattle cops’ somewhat bizarre body cam protocols may have originated with the Seattle police union:

                “When you call 911 and an officer shows up with a camera, what are your rights?” asked Kevin Stuckey, president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild.

                Even as the city shells out money to get the cameras on the streets, it’s in the middle of a dispute with the police union that Stuckey heads. The union has filed a labor complaint with the state’s Public Employment Relations Commission, stating that body cameras need to be negotiated and different scenarios need to be discussed.

                A similar case in Illinois resulted in a judge ruling in the Chicago police union’s favor to renegotiate, while still allowing cameras to stay on the streets.

                Stuckey is hoping for something stronger.

                “My hope, potentially, is that it’ll be cease and desist,” he said. “They will bring them in, put them on the shelf and that’s where they sit until negotiations are complete,” he said.

                lolReport

              • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to Stillwater
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                I know, the SPD Union is shameless in wanting to avoid accountability. They whine and bleat constantly under the federal consent decree.

                And city hall almost never stands up to them.Report

              • Avatar Stillwater in reply to Oscar Gordon
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                If not for the union cops couldn’t hold politicians hostage.Report

              • Avatar greginak in reply to Stillwater
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                No. Cops will always have some power with pols as long as they have staunch “law and order” people behind them. Get rid/neuter cop unions and there will be a growth of Police Benevolent Citizen Associations. Sort of like the NRA and i’ll bet they could get Dana whatsername to do hateful ads for them. Any group with money and votes and especially loud voters behind them will have influence.

                Cops unions are surely part of the problem but doing something about them is only one piece of the puzzle.Report

              • Avatar Stillwater in reply to greginak
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                Get rid/neuter cop unions and there will be a growth of Police Benevolent Citizen Associations.

                The PBCA wouldn’t have standing to sue the mayor’s office for violations of the CBA.Report

              • Avatar greginak in reply to Stillwater
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                But they would still have the power that loud , likely rich PAC’s with a strong contingent of voters do. How much does the NRA get done in DC? I’m not saying cop unions aren’t a problem. They are made of cops, of course they are problem.

                The underlying reason cops have been able to get away with so much is they have a lot of regular citizens who want they they are giving.Report

              • Avatar Jaybird in reply to greginak
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                Cops *SHOULD* have power with politicians. They are stakeholders in the process of Law and Order.

                What they should not have is veto power over whether or not a bad cop gets fired.

                Cops unions are surely part of the problem but doing something about them is only one piece of the puzzle.

                If I could find you evidence that a bill to neuter QI was coming up, would you call your Congressperson and urge them to support it?Report

              • Avatar greginak in reply to Jaybird
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                My congressman is Don Young who is about 121 years old loves to rail against “commie dems” and is a classic alaska good ol boy. He was joking about the funny funny beer flu a couple months ago. He’s a trumper.If he was ever on the right side of any issue (imho) it would be a first and i’d be more then happy to nag him about it.Report

              • Avatar Jaybird in reply to greginak
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                There’s the “get me a rock” game.

                “Get me a rock.”

                “Here’s a rock.”

                “…I wanted a smaller rock.”

                “Here’s a smaller rock.”

                “…I wanted a red rock.”

                “Here’s a smaller, redder rock.”

                “…The texture isn’t good.”Report

              • Avatar greginak in reply to Jaybird
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                My congressman very loudly doesn’t really care what section of his constituents want. He has been there forever. He’s been the rep since i was in grade school in NJ. I have contacted Murkowski at times since her lane involves actually listening to a broad spectrum of alaskans and she is , by the low standards of R senators, a good one. My other senator is a trumper.Report

              • Avatar Jaybird in reply to greginak
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                Well, if getting rid of QI isn’t the piece of the puzzle you’re looking for, and neutering Police Unions isn’t the piece of the puzzle you’re looking for, I hope you find the piece of the puzzle that you’re looking for.Report

              • Avatar greginak in reply to Jaybird
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                What the heck are you going on about now? Do you bother to read anything before harangue mode? Is this the old YEC mode of argument. Good hook to start but unable to go beyond the shallow start.

                Here is a start for you.

                https://www.joincampaignzero.org/#actionReport

              • Avatar Jaybird in reply to greginak
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                I just checked Alaska. They’ve passed a bill requiring more police training.

                Good. I guess.Report

              • Avatar greginak in reply to Jaybird
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                It is good. No guesses.Report

              • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to Stillwater
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                The police deserve a Union as much as any public employee does (and I’m not sold on the idea that public unions are a good thing, BTW, but if they exist, the police should have one).

                But as I said, their actual, statutory power should be limited tightly to issues related to the workplace. They should have zero ability to put language in employment contracts that impacts how officers are treated or investigated for potential criminal acts.

                Like, even if a city agrees to the language, courts would toss it out.

                Along the same vein, we should absolutely abolish any and all “Police Bill of Rights”. They get the same rights as every other citizen*, no more, no less.

                *Because they are, in fact, citizens, a fact they forget too often.Report

            • Avatar dhs in reply to Chip Daniels
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              The design of the system should assume human fallibility. Bad people make for a bad government but better people don’t necessarily make for a better one. The better people principle ultimately leads to tyranny because when you create a government that assumes better people will always be in charge, what happens when they’re not?Report

              • Avatar greginak in reply to dhs
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                Democracy is people. You can’t get around that. That is why the Big D is hard, it is inherently based on the quality of people and who they elect.Report

          • Avatar isochronous in reply to Stillwater
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            That’s ignoring the fact that cities tend to lean more Democrat overall compared to more rural areas, and the issue in these situation tends to be less about the city’s administration and more about the sheriff and police unions. I’ve yet to see a single response from a police union to any obviously questionable incident that wasn’t basically just “our guy was totally justified in everything he did, this person was resisting arrest and btw did you know he was convicted of shoplifting 15 years ago?”Report

        • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Chip Daniels
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          “Firing Bad Cops” is the equal to “Arrest The Looters”. They are both after-the-fact responses; Necessary, but not sufficient.

          For what it’s worth, I see removing the official policy that says that cops get retrained instead of disciplined, each and every time, as a before-the-fact presponse. If we want to prevent a thing in the future? Get rid of the awful policy that allows these things *NOW*.Report

        • Avatar Aaron David in reply to Chip Daniels
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          So, just to be clear, in cities such as Balitmore they have had black political leadership for over 30 years (mayor, police commisioner, DA) and then the death of Freddy Gray. Minneapolise, and Minnesota in general have had Democrats (your side) in charge for over thity years, and we have what happened last week. Chicago has been in Dem hands for 90 years, Atlanta for 150, with black mayors since 1974. New York, LA, Seattle, the list of cities and states under Dem control goes on.

          And, just as we saw in Baltimore, black officers are also part of the problem.

          What do you want to do now?Report

          • Avatar Chip Daniels in reply to Aaron David
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            Someone of a conservative disposition might exhort us to become a more righteous society that values human life and dignity.Report

            • Avatar greginak in reply to Chip Daniels
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              Righteous values need to be operationalised or they are just pretty talk. That means a lot of things, one of which is defanging QI in a meaningful way. That also means, hopefully, crushing the R’s in nov. But without specific bills that create the detailed rules for cops and methods to correct them it will be nothing.

              This a good start to the specific things we need to do to correct our cops along with aiming to the higher values you mention.

              https://www.joincampaignzero.org/#visionReport

            • Avatar Aaron David in reply to Chip Daniels
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              Someone of a conservative disposition might exhort us to become a more righteous society that values human life and dignity.

              So, looking at the current tragectory, stop voting for D’s?Report

            • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to Chip Daniels
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              Or, stop pretending that police unions are simply honest folk negotiating for better wages and working conditions. And then implement laws that relegate them back to being honest folk negotiating for better wages and working conditions.

              Unions, of any kind, should not be allowed to negotiate for contract terms that make criminal acts a matter of internal discipline. We would not allow the UAW to prevent the police from investigating an auto plant worker of sabotaging the brakes of cars leaving the line, but we let police unions do just that.Report

              • Avatar Chip Daniels in reply to Oscar Gordon
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                Agreed, that taking discipline out of the hands of the police entirely and putting it into a civilian review board would be an improvement, as would ending QI, as would making racist opinions and attitudes unacceptable in policing.

                A big problem has a lot of moving parts.Report

              • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to Chip Daniels
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                Yes, and how do you tackle big problems with lots of moving parts?

                One
                Piece
                At
                A
                Time

                If you can muster enough resources to tackle more than one, great! But historically, you are lucky to get enough to tackle one.Report

              • Avatar Chip Daniels in reply to Oscar Gordon
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                Or sometimes opening a second front in the war:

                In Wilmington, Biden says he will create police oversight board in first 100 days of presidency

                https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2020/06/01/delaware-biden-says-he-create-police-oversight-board-president/5307634002/Report

              • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to Chip Daniels
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                I truly hope he can. I doubt it will happen. He’d be better off tackling the things the feds do to contribute to the problem, like drug laws and military hardware/training.

                Oversight boards have to be local.Report

              • Avatar veronica d in reply to Oscar Gordon
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                Obviously this stuff has to be local, but there is a role for the federal government. To me the most obvious is the role the FBI plays in investigating rogue departments. In turn, for the FBI to do that role effectively, the FBI leadership needs to be onboard with that mission. It needs to be prioritized. Moreover, agents need to know their superiors have the correct values. The reason is simple: agents need to know that busting rogue departments will help their career advancement rather than hinder it.

                More than that, however, there is the notion of moral leadership. This is hard to quantify, because it isn’t official in any way. It’s something that happens in the minds of people. That said, having a fascist president changes the whole context of how people think. Having a president who encourages police brutality will inspire brutality, and thus our situation now. By contrast, having a rational, humanitarian president would inspire people to find their better angels.Report

              • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to veronica d
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                Agree with all of that.

                Now, I gotta ask, do we trust Joe Biden to deconstruct the legacy of ‘Tough on Crime’ laws and policies that he helped to construct over the course of decades?Report

              • Avatar veronica d in reply to Oscar Gordon
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                On Biden, I voted for Warren — at least I think I did. It might have been Sanders. I honestly don’t remember. It was one of those two.

                (BTW, it is in fact weird that I don’t remember. I just now realized that I don’t remember, and I’m like, “What the fuck. How can I not remember!?” I’m not sure if that says more about me or more about the fucking choices we had.)

                Anyway, Biden is — well — what do you want me to say?

                He isn’t Trump. Trump is literally a fascist in the full measure. Biden is — well fuckit — he is whatever he is. He’s kind of a ninny, to be honest. I’ll still vote for him. I hope others do as well, for obvious reasons.

                All the same, I very much wish we had an option with more to recommend themselves besides “not Trump,” but “not Trump” is still enough.

                Anyway, I’m not going to make a prediction about what Biden might do. I’m sure it will fall short in so many ways.

                This is all assuming we actually hold an election. If Trump thinks he is losing, he will try to stop it. If he does, the ensuing conversation will sound exactly like this current conversation does, with all the same people adopting all the same roles.

                I like to imagine the military would remain committed to democracy. I like to imagine that principled people would stand firm and stop him. However, to date, it seems many people who pontificate about “liberty” actually wanna lick boots.Report

              • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to veronica d
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                I’ll pull for Biden regardless, but I won’t be holding out hope that he’ll do anything constructive to address this issue.

                As for Trump, my understanding of the law is that election or no election, Trump’s term is up in January. He doesn’t get to keep sitting in the white house just because the election didn’t happen. He’s out, as is (IIRC) Pence, which means the order of succession kicks in and we get to welcome President Pelosi.Report

              • Avatar veronica d in reply to Oscar Gordon
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                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reichstag_fire

                I don’t know if he can pull it off, but I’m not convinced he couldn’t. I think he’ll try — or more specifically, he will keep pushing boundaries until someone stops him, and words alone are unlikely to stop him. At some point, this will involve direct force.

                I’m not sure what that will look like. It might be a private meeting with the cabinet and the joint chiefs, along with armed secret service, informing Trump that, no, he can’t do that. They won’t let him.

                How would he respond?

                It might, by contrast, be very public, very widespread, and very loud.

                When I allow my “worser angels” free rein, I sometimes imagine how fascism ended in Italy. Something like that could plausibly happen here. I wonder how many others would die to get there?

                Anyhow, America elected a man who is both fascistic and narcissistic. The results were never going to be good.Report

  3. Avatar greginak
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    Apparently the Supremes have a QI case in front of them and could be announcing what they will do as soon as today. Which would be overly convenient writing in a drama series ,but whatever. So hopefully something good comes of that.

    It’s insane reading how multiple courts have taken QI in such an over the top direction.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to greginak
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      It’s insane reading how multiple courts have taken QI in such an over the top direction.

      Word.

      Reason has an article on some of the more recent QI “excesses”.

      Here’s the opening paragraph:

      Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit Court decided that two police officers in Fresno, California, who allegedly stole more than $225,000 in assets while executing a search warrant, could not be sued over the incident. Though “the City Officers ought to have recognized that the alleged theft was morally wrong,” the unanimous 9th Circuit panel said, the officers “did not have clear notice that it violated the Fourth Amendment.”

      If your inclination is to say “Well, that’s Reason magazine. They’re biased.”, here is a link to the 9th Court’s ruling itself. Check it out for yourself and see if Reason’s description of events is overstated.

      I am somewhat sympathetic to the argument that police have to have room to make mistakes.

      I mean, *I* make mistakes all the time. I printed out the wrong document the other day. I think it would have been inappropriate to fire me for that.

      But we’re not talking about printing the wrong document when we’re talking about cops stealing $225,000 worth of stuff in the course of a bust… AND THE EXPECTATION IS THAT THEY WOULDN’T KNOW THAT THIS WAS INAPPROPRIATE TO THE POINT WHERE THEY WOULD BE LIABLE FOR HAVING DONE IT AND THEREFORE THEY SHOULD NOT BE LIABLE.

      I mean, I read stuff like this and say “this has got to be overstated… this can’t be what happened…”Report

      • Avatar greginak in reply to Jaybird
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        I saw some other reason piece yesterday. Good stuff. Couldn’t find out exactly what the supremes are going to be ruling on though. The “need to find an exactly the same kind of case” to be able to sue cops is weird and for it to continue is even weirder.Report

      • Avatar Stillwater in reply to Jaybird
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        Here’s how I understand the spaghetti reasoning of judges in these types of cases: *given that* QI accords cops so many protections which run counter to both commonsense and normal (non-cop) laws, the officers who stole confiscated the money were *uncertain* whether their immunity protections covered this type of theft acquisition. Therefore, they’re covered by QI!Report

    • Avatar Saul Degraw in reply to greginak
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      If the decision is coming out today, it was probably finalized well before the current protests began.Report

  4. Avatar Jaybird
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    Something I said a million years ago, in 2013:

    Law Enforcement has been captured. We can’t prosecute them for crimes. We can’t fire them.
    So the choice before us is seeing this as either something that should change or something that shouldn’t.

    Report

  5. Avatar Saul Degraw
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    In ways that add fuel to the fire and show him at his most weak and most fascist at the same time, Trump rants at governors that they need to clampdown and dominate the protestors. Hopefully these are just the ravings of a lunatic who happens to be the last man in a bunker: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-weak-governors-dominate-civil-unrest-george-floyd-death-protest/Report

    • Avatar Chip Daniels in reply to Saul Degraw
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      Has anyone overlaid his audio with the Downfall video yet?Report

    • Avatar veronica d in reply to Saul Degraw
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      Trump:

      “You have to dominate, if you don’t dominate you’re wasting your time. They’re going to run over you. You’re going to look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate,” the president told governors.

      These are the words of a weak, frightened man. He’s so petty and small.

      Honestly, he’s the social misfit kid who brings a gun to school. Same mentality.Report

      • Avatar Saul Degraw in reply to veronica d
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        He apparently played with switchblades as a young kid. This is what got him sent to military school. I found that out recently.

        The whole thing sounds unhinged. People on the call described it as unhinged and he is hiding in a damned bunker because he thinks one of the protestors is going to be like Nightcrawler in X-Men 2. Nancy Pelosi said she basically ignores Trump, I am not sure why other Democratic governors do not do the sameReport

    • Avatar Stillwater in reply to Saul Degraw
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      Trump: “If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.”

      Should we take this seriously or literally?Report

      • Avatar Saul Degraw in reply to Stillwater
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        That is the 6 trillion dollar question. This is something where you really hope cooler heads prevail or Trump is too cowardly to do something. From a legal prospective, he cannot use the Insurrection Act but when has that ever stopped him before?

        One thing that does amaze me is that the press is coming strong out against the police this time. CNN’s headline is “Peaceful protestors near White House gassed, shot with rubber bullets as Trump leaves for church photo-op.”

        Shit is gonna get bad over the next few days.Report

        • Avatar Chip Daniels in reply to Saul Degraw
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          What’s legal is irrelevant.

          What those in power will do to stop him is the only question.Report

          • Avatar Saul Degraw in reply to Chip Daniels
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            The question is who is in power to stop him? Governors? Mayors? The House of Representatives? The Senate? The Courts? The Military?

            The courts have already enabled Trump to ignore the opposition. He also appointed enough conservative firebrand reactionaries to the bench who have his back. What if the cops go rogue?

            I am sympathetic to what Democratic mayors are supposed to do because of bad acting rioters and looters but the fact that they were willing to impose a curfew does not fill me with confidence that said people can control the police.Report

    • Avatar Chip Daniels in reply to Saul Degraw
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      You know what would be great?

      If we had a group of soldiers who would, maybe take an Oath to refuse to fire upon their fellow citizens, and maybe they could be Keepers of the Oath!

      Oh, if only.Report

  6. Avatar CJColucci
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    Has anyone seen an actual bill? What does it say?Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to CJColucci
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      As far as I can tell, the bill will be introduced on Thursday.

      Representative Ilhan Omar, a Minneapolis Democrat, intends to back the bill, according to an aide. Amash aims to introduce it on Thursday. It was unclear whether the legislation would gain support from the Congressional Black Caucus.

      What a mess of a paragraph. Anyway, I haven’t seen the bill and googling it gets me stories about how he’s *GOING* to introduce it.

      So, come Thursday, we will probably be able to look the text of the bill up here, on the Congress’s “Bills This Week” webpage.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Jaybird
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        Checked the webpage again today to see what’s up and noticed this part:

        The following are links to the text of legislation scheduled for consideration during the week of May 25, 2020. For the complete schedule, please visit the Majority Leader’s site.

        So I clicked on the link and it took me here where, under the “Latest from the House Floor” section, it said:

        On Monday, the House is not in session. On Tuesday, the House will meet in Pro Forma session at 9:30 a.m. No votes are expected in the House. On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for Morning Hour debate, and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. On Friday, the House will meet in a Pro Forma session. No votes are expected in the House on Friday.

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        • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Jaybird
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          Well, it’s Thursday.

          I went to the website again and it hasn’t updated since the 28th (the tweet was on the 31st). So I went to the Majority Leader’s site and it looks like the first voting day is scheduled for June 30th. If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you’ll see a handful of press releases from June 1st.

          None of them mention this act.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to CJColucci
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      Amash has tweeted the bill!

      Report

  7. Avatar Jaybird
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    If you want a little more info on Police Unions and how they’re not limited to better pay, more vacation, and more sick time, check this out:

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  8. Avatar Truth
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    It would be so much more meaningful if he’d had an honest change of heart and not just joined the “racists who like weed” party after the republicans decided they couldn’t handle someone of muslim descent being in their ranks, despite him sharing all their other bigotries.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Truth
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      I’m not looking for meaning.

      I’m looking for the end of QI.

      Are you on board? Will you support this bill?Report

      • Avatar greginak in reply to Jaybird
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        Ayanna Pressley is now a co-sponsor of the bill. Markey in the senate has announced a similar bill.Report

        • Avatar Jaybird in reply to greginak
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          I hadn’t seen that! This is good. I hope that Ayanna Pressley is enough to get Truth on board with the bill instead of being upset that it originated from something Justin Amash did.

          (Why is Markey announcing Bills in the Senate? If he wanted to announce bills, he should have stayed in the House. He should be announcing that he’s going to sponsor the hell out of the House bill and force all of the other Senators to stampede to mics of their own.)Report

          • Avatar Stillwater in reply to Jaybird
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            Brian Schatz and Chris Murphy and Elizabeth Warren all apparently think the constitution says bills shall originate in the Senate.

            Even worse, Warren tweeted out that Bill Barr should be impeached without ccing Nancy Pelosi.Report

  9. Avatar greginak
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    More reform legislation. Lots of good stuff, some that doesn’t go quite far enough and some things aren’t there.

    https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2020/06/06/draft-democratic-proposal-seeks-big-changes-to-policing-1291620Report

  1. June 1, 2020

    […] of rights has been corrected by the courts before, and needs to be again here both by the Supremes and also congress. Do they have the will do to that heavy lifting? We will […]Report

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    […] Justin Amash announces introducing the “Ending Qualified Immunity Act” […]Report

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