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Black and Brown people in Virginia continue to suffer injuries and die at the hands of police, yet police are not held accountable for their misconduct.
If you're hurt or killed by a police officer who has used excessive force in violation of the constitution, current law known as "qualified immunity" limits the likelihood that you or your family can recover money damages for the harm caused by a police officer. Qualified immunity gives police officers a legal shield from ever being held accountable in federal court. We can fix that by giving people the ability to sue police and their departments in Virginia courts under Virginia laws. Real harm done to an individual deserves real compensation.
Police officers who use excessive force or engage in unethical conduct can be fired or asked to resign for their actions, but they do not "lose their license to police" and can easily be rehired by a different law enforcement department. Unlike other state-licensed professionals, there are no statewide standards of conduct that apply to all licensed police. Teachers, barbers, lawyers, and doctors all risk losing their ability to practice for serious misconduct. The same should be true for the police. We must break the cycle of firing and rehiring bad officers.
Virginians deserve better. We need a system that holds law enforcement officers accountable for their misconduct on the job. If an officer is fired or resigns because of misconduct, they should not be allowed to continue to be a police officer in Virginia. And people who are harmed by the unconstitutional actions of officers should be allowed to sue them in Virginia courts, with Virginia juries, and Virginia judges.
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