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Author Cohen, Ben (Ben R.), author.

Title Above the law : how "qualified immunity" protects violent police / Ben Cohen ; with a foreword by Michael Render ("Killer Mike").

Publication Info. New York : OR Books, [2021]


Location Call No. Status
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  363.23 COH    Check Shelf
Description 142 pages ; 18 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Foreword / Killer Mike -- Preface -- Sonia Sotomayor -- Walking while black -- Tased, hogtied, and... -- The only way to fix qualified immunity is to end it -- Undercover and above the law -- Driving while black -- Justice Reeves - Bumper -- Call the real cops -- Hide the tea -- Take it from me, a former cop : qualified immunity must end -- Surrendering while black -- School drop-off -- The reasoning behind qualified immunity -- Unarmed and not dangerous -- Sleeping while black -- Qualified immunity? -- Search and steal -- Broken home -- A misguided experiment -- Watching TV while black -- Teddy bear -- No one is above the law -- Home, sweet home -- Two-wheeling -- A perverse irony -- Players coalition letter -- About the author.
Summary It happens over and over again. The culprit here, alongside the cops, is Qualified Immunity (QI), a legal principle which Reuters describes as "a nearly failsafe tool to let police brutality go unpunished and deny victims their constitutional rights." Originally intended to protect cops from being sued over good faith mistakes, courts have interpreted QI so broadly that police are shielded from accountability in all but the rarest of circumstances. Only when the exact same abusive behavior was already deemed unconstitutional by a court in the exact same jurisdiction can victims succeed in a prosecution. Above the Law recounts 12 cases in which justice was denied because of QI. The stories are accompanied by infographics, timelines, and contextualizing background to create a concise and compelling indictment of an outrageously unjust legal principle that must be changed. --
Subject Racial profiling in law enforcement -- United States.
Police brutality -- United States.
Discrimination in law enforcement -- United States.
Police misconduct -- United States.
Police -- United States.
Racism -- United States.
Crime and race -- United States.
Crime and race. (OCoLC)fst00883028
Discrimination in law enforcement. (OCoLC)fst00895102
Police. (OCoLC)fst01068398
Police brutality. (OCoLC)fst01068571
Police misconduct. (OCoLC)fst01068618
Racial profiling in law enforcement. (OCoLC)fst01086589
Racism. (OCoLC)fst01086616
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Added Author Killer Mike (Rapper), writer of foreword.
ISBN 9781682192573 (paperback)
1682192571 (paperback)
9781682192658 (ebook)
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