Virtual Conference on Qualified Immunity: When Protecting Officers Leaves the Community Vulnerable
Thursday, July 29, 2021
L.A. County residents are invited to learn about qualified immunity protections afforded to law enforcement officers. Across the United States, law enforcement officers have been accused of committing numerous bad acts. When private citizens attempted to take the officers to court, their cases are most often dismissed. In most instances, this is because of the court-made doctrine of qualified immunity.
In this conference, panel speakers will explain what qualified immunity is and how it functions. The panelists will highlight concerns about holding law enforcement officers accountable for violating people’s civil rights and discuss the obstacles of eliminating qualified immunity. Panelists will also provide an update on what is being done at the state and federal level to eliminate qualified immunity and provide solutions as to what oversight bodies can do to assist in the fight to hold law enforcement officers accountable.
- Priscilla Ocen, Los Angeles County Civilian Oversight Commission Chair & Professor of Law at Loyola Law School
- Joanna Schwartz, Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law (presentation)
- John Raphling, Senior Researcher on criminal justice for the US program, Human Rights Watch
In addition to a live Q&A after speaker presentations, community members can send questions in advance. Please submit you questions here.