A federal appeals court ruled in January that "qualified immunity" should not protect the officers from potential liability resulting from the death of Timpa, a man with mental illness who died after being restrained for nearly 14 minutes by the officers.
June 1, 2022
The court overturned the lower-court decisions without ordering full briefing and argument, a sign it did not see them as close calls. There were no dissents.
October 19, 2021
Among the issues that lawmakers were discussing were changes to "qualified immunity" that protects police officers from some lawsuits.
September 22, 2021
It is unclear if a police reform proposal without changes to qualified immunity could pass the House, where progressive Democrats like Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), a former Black Lives Matter activist, have called the removal of qualified immunity a redline.
August 18, 2021
A pursuit in a building ended with a suspect falling out of a window, officers using force, and a lawsuit.
August 3, 2021