How qualified immunity prevents victims of police abuse from seeking justice

As more attention is focused on police accountability, much of the public remains unaware of the doctrine of qualified immunity, which protects many government employees, including law enforcement officers, from being sued for violations of constitutional rights. In a three-part series for New York Amsterdam News, Damaso Reyes and Herb Boyd explored the history of the doctrine, notable cases in which defendants used it to protect themselves from lawsuits, as well as how activists have pushed lawmakers in several states to limit its use as a defense.