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.”
We’re thrilled to support the Reforming Qualified Immunity Act, by @SenatorBraun. QI is an example of SCOTUS legislating from the bench, creating a principle that prevents accountability from govt officials who deprive individuals of constitutionally protected liberties. #ampFW https://t.co/AIxTLKl0fs
— FreedomWorks (@FreedomWorks) June 23, 2020
Braun recently introduced legislation, which would make it harder for an officer to be eligible for qualified immunity in misconduct cases.