Confronting Racial Injustice Series: Police Misconduct And Qualified Immunity
Police misconduct harms criminal defendants and undermines racial justice. Discovery reform and the repeal of Civil Rights Law § 50-a were promising steps, but hurdles have been erected to the broad availability of misconduct records to defense counsel. This part of the program will detail the legal landscape and offer strategies to obtain such records.
The doctrine of qualified immunity has long shielded police and municipalities from accountability for egregious misconduct and has denied relief to plaintiffs in civil rights action. This part of the program will provide a historical context, basic principles of qualified immunity, current case law, and the movement toward reform.
Clotelle Drakeford, Program Chair
Alexandra Ferlise, Brooklyn Defender Services, Brooklyn, NY
Wylie M. Stecklow, Wylie Stecklow PLLC, New York, NY
- June 18, 2021
- Online On-Demand