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Friday, July 13 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Getting Off Scot-Free: The Supreme Court’s Unlawful Assault on Police Accountability

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"Police officers have a challenging job that often involves dealing with people at their worst and responding to dangerous and unpredictable situations. And while many officers perform their duties with professionalism and integrity, it is increasingly clear from smartphone recordings and other sources that officers also abuse their power and violate the rights of those they are sworn to protect—with sometimes fatal results.

One of the most important tools we have for holding police and other public officials accountable is the ability to sue them for damages when they violate our rights. But the Supreme Court has systematically undermined this vital accountability mechanism with a legal fiction called “qualified immunity” that makes it nearly impossible to hold public officials liable for their misconduct and helps create a policy of near-zero accountability for law enforcement. The result is an unacceptably high tolerance for bad actors and unprofessional conduct that destroys community relationships in areas where effective policing is most urgently needed.

Join us for a conversation about the challenges presented by the judicially invented doctrine of qualified immunity and learn about market-based solutions that can help ensure proper accountability for law enforcement while leveling the playing field between citizens and police."

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Clark Neily

Vice President for Criminal Justice, Cato Institute
Clark Neily is vice president for criminal justice at the Cato Institute. His areas of interest include constitutional law, overcriminalization, civil forfeiture, police accountability, and gun rights. Before joining Cato in 2017, Neily was a senior attorney and constitutional litigator... Read More →
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Jay Schweikert

Policy Analyst, Cato Institute Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute
Schweikert’s research and advocacy focuses on accountability for prosecutors and law enforcement, plea bargaining, Sixth Amendment trial rights, and the provision and structuring of indigent defense. Before joining Cato, Jay spent four years doing civil and criminal litigation at... Read More →

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Cato Institute

The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization — a think tank — dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues. In... Read More →

Friday July 13, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm PDT