The Majority of Americans Oppose Qualified Immunity. Where Is Congress?

A majority of Americans now support police reform measures like chokehold bansdemilitarization of domestic law enforcement, and the prioritization of investigating violent crimes instead of misdemeanor offenses.*

But, perhaps more significantly, a Pew poll recently found two-thirds of Americans oppose qualified immunity, the legal doctrine that makes it difficult to sue police officers when they violate your rights. Until recently, discussion of qualified immunity was confined largely to legal circles and to magazines like ReasonNow, it appears the doctrine—and opposition to it—have simultaneously gone mainstream.