Posted inCriminal Justice, Policing

Why Has Qualified Immunity Excused Officers’ Misconduct in Lawsuits for Decades?

Nearly three years after high-profile police-involved deaths of Black people forced more Americans to recognize that police brutality has disproportionately impacted Black communities, qualified immunity continues to be a hot button issue for legislators and police reform advocates.  Capital B wanted to better understand how this legal doctrine plays out for Black victims of police […]

Posted inCourts, Criminal Justice

What’s Behind the Wave of Convictions for Police and Vigilantes? It’s More Than Woke Jurors.

Juries in recent months have been handing down guilty verdicts against police officers and white vigilantes in a series of rare convictions for a legal system that historically has failed to render justice for Black victims.  Last month, three white men in Georgia were convicted of committing a hate crime when they murdered Ahmaud Arbery, […]