‘Qualified immunity’ allows police to interfere with recording of arrest

Setting aside First Amendment protections, a federal appeals court ruled that Denver police officers had qualified immunity in attempting to delete a citizen’s video of an arrest. Qualified immunity shields the police “from civil suits unless a previous court precedent outlines a case with almost exactly the same factual circumstances.” In practice the law allows police and other government agents to escape responsibility for irresponsible actions. (Reason, March 30, 2021, by Billy Binion)

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