Criminal Injustice Speaker - Clark Neily, VP for Criminal Justice at the Cato Institute


Location: 1140 Eck Hall of Law (View on

Given the extraordinary amount of power and discretion that police officers wield—and the incredibly high stakes if they abuse that power—one might expect police to be held to a significantly higher standard than ordinary citizens. Instead, the opposite is true: Indeed, it is fair to say we have adopted a policy of near-zero accountability for police and other government officials, the cornerstone of which is the judge-made doctrine of qualified immunity—a doctrine that has no sound basis in law or policy, and should be eliminated with all deliberate speed.

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