Justin Amash

Justin Amash

@justinamash

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I defend #liberty • “Laws must be general, equal, and certain.” —F.A. Hayek

Michigan
Joined on January 04, 2011
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Donald Trump is a threat to our liberty, our Constitution, and the Rule of Law.

Until then, we must ensure that those whose rights are violated by police aren’t forced to suffer the added injustice of being denied their day in court.

This pattern continues because police are legally, politically, and culturally insulated from consequences for violating the rights of the people whom they have sworn to serve. That must change so that these incidents of brutality stop happening.

The brutal killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police is merely the latest in a long line of incidents of egregious police misconduct.

My bill, the Ending Qualified Immunity Act, does this by explicitly noting in the statute that the elements of qualified immunity outlined by the Supreme Court are not a defense to liability.

Qualified immunity was created by the Supreme Court in contravention of the text of the statute and the intent of Congress. It is time for us to correct their mistake.

This can create a permanent procedural roadblock for plaintiffs, preventing them from obtaining damages for having their rights violated.

Even if a plaintiff does file a case, a judge may dismiss it on qualified immunity grounds and decline to decide whether the plaintiff’s rights were violated, meaning the constitutional precedent still isn’t established and so the next plaintiff still can’t recover.

If a plaintiff knows there is no prior case that is identical to theirs, they may decline to even file a lawsuit because they are very unlikely to win.

This rule has sharply narrowed the situations in which police can be held liable—even for truly heinous rights violations—and it creates a disincentive to bringing cases in the first place.

Under qualified immunity, police are immune from liability unless the person whose rights they violated can show that there is a previous case in the same jurisdiction, involving the exact same facts, in which a court deemed the actions to be a constitutional violation.

As part of the Civil Rights Act of 1871, Congress allowed individuals to sue state and local officials, including police officers, who violate their rights. Starting in 1967, the Supreme Court began gutting that law by inventing the doctrine of qualified immunity.

This week, I am 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. https://t.co/PiNYP8cX8i

This week, I am 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. https://t.co/PiNYP8cX8i

Quoted @brianschatz

I will be introducing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to discontinue the program that transfers military weaponry to local police departments.

We wholeheartedly endorse this proposal. https://t.co/NNDOmzUlOe

(Adapted from my opening remarks at @naacpgr’s 52nd Annual Freedom Fund Dinner and Awards Ceremony in 2018, the 150th anniversary of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.)

And there is no state of justice without equality under the law, the promise of the Equal Protection Clause.

“No justice, no peace.” Is this a threat? A call to violence? No. It is an acknowledgment that without justice, peace is illusory. There is no state of peace in a society that condones injustice. The victims of such injustice, though they may remain silent, do not live in peace.

Dr. King said, “There can be no justice without peace, and there can be no peace without justice…Justice is indivisible, and injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“No justice, no peace.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these words 100 years after the adoption of the Equal Protection Clause.

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