In use-of-force trainings, police departments impose hard and fast rules on their officers despite departmental claims that such rules are unworkable. These rules, invisible to the public, often distribute risks of harm to the very civilians police are sworn to protect.
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In its effort to address qualified immunity, Congress should distinguish between civil actions that seek to encourage agency reform and civil actions that serve to punish wrongdoers who engage in extreme conduct. This post offers a path forward for achieving those twin goals.
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On Tuesday, June 16, at 2:30 p.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to discuss police use of force and community relations. The committee will hear testimony from various government witnesses and other experts, including Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S.