Tell Congress to OPPOSE Eliminating Qualified Immunity

Posted on 03-12-2021

Fraternal Order of Police


Tell Congress to OPPOSE any bill or provision that would eliminate Qualified Immunity

In early March, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1280, the “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act,” which will now proceed to the Senate for consideration. The legislation, which is virtually identical to the bill which stalled in the Senate last year, was not considered in any committee and was instead moved directly to the House floor for a vote.

The Fraternal Order of Police was disappointed that there was no opportunity for input from rank-and-file law enforcement officers on the legislation because there are aspects of the bill that the FOP could potentially support.  However, without a dialogue and a chance for input, especially on issues like qualified immunity and statutory proposals to alter the Graham v. Connor standard on “objective reasonableness,” we cannot support this legislation.

In particular, the FOP and virtually every other law enforcement organization in the United States strongly oppose any bill or provision which would eliminate the doctrine of qualified immunity as is proposed in H.R. 1280.

We are asking all FOP members to contact both of their Senators and urge them in the strongest possible terms to oppose any bill or provision that would eliminate the established doctrine on qualified immunity.

Please sign now!