President Biden signed an executive order coinciding with the second anniversary of fatal arrest of George Floyd that institutes new use-of-force rules for federal law enforcement officers, though the rule changes do not apply to local law enforcement agencies. Read more»
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Recent rulings suggest the high court may be open to ‘recalibrating’ qualified immunity - now interpreted by the courts across the country as barring lawsuits against law enforcement officers unless a prior court decision in a near-identical case has “clearly established” their conduct to be unconstitutional. Read more»
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