GOP Sen. Braun speaks out on push to reform concept of qualified immunity

Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) speaks to reporters as he arrives for the weekly Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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UPDATED 9:13 AM PT — Wednesday, June 24, 2020

GOP Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) recently spoke out on reforming the concept of qualified immunity in regard to law enforcement.

During an interview Wednesday, Braun said no one on the GOP side of the Senate is interested in eliminating qualified immunity, which is used to protect officers from civil lawsuits. However, the Indiana lawmaker stated that he wants to ensure egregious situations, which occasionally arise, can be rectified.

The Republican also said lawmakers are trying to help law enforcement in a time when “bad actors” are making all police look bad. Braun stressed that changing qualified immunity is in the police’s best interest.

“Law and order is so important in this country and it’s now being stigmatized by these instances: George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor,” he stated. “In law enforcements’ own best interest, I think you need to find a way to get that basic accountability that all other entities live with so you can do your job and not have the stigmatizing that’s occurring currently with not accepting some accountability.”

Braun recently introduced legislation, which would make it harder for an officer to be eligible for qualified immunity in misconduct cases.

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