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Qualified Immunity: Supreme Court Backs Police in Two Cases

Liberal news media shrieked in dismay after the Supreme Court ruled to overturn the denial of qualified immunity in two cases. Liberals demand police be subjected to lawsuits designed to not only break the officers, but the cities in which they serve over actions that are deemed justified.

Qualified immunity is just that: qualified. It does not and never has covered illegal actions. But liberals are completely deaf to the whole idea. Bill O’Reilly sums up qualified immunity in this clip of a video:

The Supreme Court ruled in two separate cases that the officers should fall under qualified immunity – one in California and one in Oklahoma. There was no dissent.

California:

The California case involved a man wielding a chainsaw who had threatened his girlfriend and her two minor children, forcing them to barricade themselves inside a room, according to the 911 call.

When Union City police confronted the suspect, they noticed a knife in his pocket. Officer Daniel Rivas-Villegas put his knee on the suspect’s back, near the pocket that contained the knife, for a period of eight seconds, as another officer placed the suspect under arrest.

The Hill 

He didn’t place his knee on the suspect’s neck as Chauvin did in the Floyd case, he placed it on the suspect’s back. The suspect did not die as a result of the officer’s actions.

Oklahoma

The Oklahoma case involved police responding to a 911 call that a woman’s ex-husband was intoxicated and refusing to leave her garage. When police arrived on the scene the man grabbed a hammer and raised appearing to prepare to throw it or charge at the officers. The officers then shot and killed the man.

The deceased’s estate filed a lawsuit against the officers, alleging their use of deadly force violated the Fourth Amendment. The district court sided with law enforcement, but a Denver-based federal appeals court overturned the ruling, finding that the officers had recklessly created the deadly situation by “cornering” the suspect in the garage.

In reversing the appeals court, the justices found the officers were entitled to qualified immunity because the court had not pointed to “a single precedent finding a Fourth Amendment violation under similar circumstances.”

The Hill 

Because the leftists in the US believe – wrongly- that all police officers are evil bastards and shouldn’t be allowed to stop a suspect for any reason, they are throwing a fit over this ruling. They think – again, wrongly- that this will make it “easier” for police to brutalize Black people. Here are a few examples:

Qualified immunity is a disgrace. Congress won’t do anything about it. And the Supreme Court, which created it out of nowhere, has just (in some sense) strengthened it.

It should not be this hard to hold the gov’t to account when they violate your rights.

Billy B on Twitter

The Supreme Court rules in favor of qualified immunity for police officers.

This is the type of “small government” that the GOP wants. Police officers can murder you with no trial and get no consequences.

Todd H on Twitter

And the Supreme Court just gave Qualified Immunity a booster shot for police to abuse people

Crustation K on Twitter

With the level of deception in America and a lack of understanding on the part of liberals, it will continue to be a fight for law enforcement in America.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. All of her posts on Conservative Firing Line are also posted on Uncle Sam's.

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