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Make It Easier to Sue Abusive Police Officers: Legislator

A Florida legislator wants to make it easier for victims of police abuse to sue.

The legislation, by newly elected state Senator Shevrin Jones, would change the qualified immunity law. The law makes it very difficult to sue police officers accused of abusive behavior, according to an article in Florida Politics. Jones will introduce his proposal in the 2021 legislative session.

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"The modern qualified immunity doctrine stems from a 1982 U.S. Supreme Court case ," the publication reports.

" But opponents have pointed out the doctrine has served as a significant roadblock to holding officers responsible for violating individuals' rights in the decades since the Supreme Court established the concept."

Jones, a South Florida Democrat, served eight years in the Florida House. He won his state Senate seat in November, which earned him a mention in a Time magazine article, "These 2020 Candidates Made History With Their Election Wins."

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His proposed law may be a heavy lift in the Republican-controlled Florida House and Senate, which will also consider a bill by GOP Governor Ron DeSantis. The devout Trump supporter wants to expand the Sunshine State's controversial Stand Your Ground law to let people shoot looters and rioters.

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So it is fair to say the Jones bill begins a conversation in Florida, which may gain more traction as a new generation of Americans enter office.

For example, a young conservative writer explains his position in a July 23 opinion piece at The Cornell Review. "A Conservative Approach to Police Reform" calls for a number of changes to protect people from state agents who abuse their authority.

According to Shiam Kannan, "... law enforcement officers have been shown using excessive force against peaceful demonstrators, from NYPD officers driving an SUV into protestors to Buffalo cops pushing an elderly protester to the ground. And for far too long, conservatives have buried their heads in the sand, pretending that the problem of police brutality is a left-wing myth, presumably to appear "tough on crime" and maintain the perennial support of police unions come election season."

He continues, "The reason for reform, then, is that power tends to attract people prone to abusing it. In other words, "absolute power corrupts absolutely." The best way to maintain departments of good police officers is to enact policies that render the bad ones powerless."

https://www.thecornellreview. org/a-conservative-approach-to-police-reform/

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Police are not the problem, they're a symptom of the absence of accountability. Rinky-dink two bit dictators are everywhere that money flows. When government organizations incorporate, they have to return a profit to shareholders. A more perfect union would protect self-governed individuals, and eliminate the need for endless errorism and hoaxes designed to create profits out of thin air. Round up two-bit dictators, and lock 'em up. Only the fittest will survive, and claim to be rehabilitated and ready to run for re-election. Teach your children how to identify bullsh!tters.

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The bill is a good start. Obviously, deeper problems abound.

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Police are a huge part of the problem. They are not the only part.

Individual responsibility is critically important. Letting someone with the legal accountability of a two year old carry a gun is idiocy.

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Police accountability is a major issue that needs to be addressed. But I think it is part of a much larger need for racial and social justice progress in our country.

BTW, the article in the conservative university newspaper -- quoted at the end of my article -- also proposed abolishing police unions. This has happened in communities that disbanded their police departments and started over again. As I understand it, different, more reasonable police unions came in with the new police departments and its new officers.

What do you think?

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I agree the police are part of a much bigger problem, which is not limited racial and social justice progress within USA, but also includes much greater abuses committed by USA beyond its borders.

I certainly agree on police unions. Many unions actively interfere with the process of accountability, spending union funds to do so. They very often lie to the public and to public representatives. In addition, they should be held liable in civil suits when they facilitate abuse by police. This extends to those who train cops to be abusive; killing for reasons of cowardice is actively taught by many training organizations.

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Are the victims of Police brutality aggravating the Police?

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What do you think?

If possible, please provide evidence.

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This sometimes happens, but that is no excuse for homicide, or escalating a situation to the point where homicide occurs.

One must understand that continually abuse certain people, and when their victims react to police abuse by responding with disrespect, the police deserve it. It is not the wisest thing on the part of the abused person, but continued abuse will bring out audible or visible disrespect sooner or later.

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Washington Examiner article on Shevrin Jones proposal:

Florida Democrat's qualified immunity bill to be pre-filed, likely forgotten (washingtonexaminer.com)

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