Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Supreme Court protecting bad cops and poor leadership?

This article in the NYT argues that the Supreme Court has made it too difficult to collect damages against abusive cops and irresponsible municipalities and counties for civil rights violations  I have taught a graduate course on this topic and would agree that municipalities and counties have gotten too much slack.  With regard to individual officer liability, I don't know.  Officers faced with fast-moving, often ambiguous situations potentially life threatening situations and  with little or no time to prepare or evaluate, may often be doing the best they can.  Unfortunately, the public usually only hears about the obviously wrong and questionable decisions made by officers.

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