Opinion: Qualified immunity for police officers must be eliminated

By , Guest Columnist Published: May 07, 2021 4:00 AM CT
Ronnie Gipson
Guest Columnist

Ronnie Gipson

Ronnie Gipson, who teaches at the University of Memphis School of Law, litigated constitutional due-process claims in his prior career as an attorney. As a professor, he continues to address constitutional law issues in his classroom, scholarship and research.

“The qualified immunity privilege serves as a cloak of protection reminiscent of Jim Crow laws and as a vestige of racism that perpetuates unequal treatment before the law. It is both bad law and bad public policy.”


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