Qualified Immunity is not intended to give police a free pass in violating the rights of others. It is intended to protect officers from a flood of frivolous lawsuits that would make it difficult and potentially financially ruinous to perform their jobs.
With changes, bills restricting coyote hunting and leg hold trapping met the crossover deadline and will go to the full Senate. Same for bills on suing police, stopping development in 50% of all land area, and other ‘hot button’ issues.
It’s not about systemic racism, Sen. Joe Benning told fellow senators during discussion of a bill to allow the public to sue police officers.
A bill receiving extensive, prolonged attention from the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee would remove legal protections for police from lawsuits brought by perps, ‘social justice’ groups, and everyone else.