Debate swirls around ‘qualified immunity’ that protects police officers from lawsuits
University of Houston law professor Emily Berman said officers are granted qualified immunity if they can show their actions were done in good faith. Gamaldi argues removing qualified immunity would also leave officers vulnerable to civil liability if a law is later struck down as unconstitutional. Mills contends qualified immunity can remove a citizen’s right to have their case heard by a jury. The courts granted the officer qualified immunity and the Supreme Court declined to hear the case, ending the matter without a trial. Two bills have also been filed that would end qualified immunity in its current state.