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Qualified Immunity of Police in the USA

Geographic relevance: United States

Language: English

Data type: Legal references

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In some countries, such as the USA, police are protected from civil claims through a doctrine called “qualified immunity”. This doctrine protects police unless they have acted incompetently and knowingly acted unlawfully. This can make it very difficult to bring successful civil claims.

This VOX article outlines how the concept works in the USA and the problems it causes regarding police accountability.

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