Daunte Wright was killed by police after he was pulled over for having expired license plates. Marcus-David Peters was shot dead while he was having a mental health crisis. Army Lt. Caron Nazario was pepper-sprayed and brutalized after being racially profiled. Reprehensible acts of police violence won't stop unless we take action to hold police accountable.
Police officers who use excessive force to hurt and kill Black and Brown people in violation of the federal constitution are seldom held accountable for their actions. Many use a federal legal defense called "qualified immunity" that acts as a shield against lawsuits brought by the people and families they harm. It is time for Virginians to demand the same accountability from law enforcement officers that has long been demanded from others who commit crimes and perpetrate violence.
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