Are You Ready to Be a Cop? - Red Pill or Blue Pill? (Roll Call #8)


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Recent events:

More states are starting to make changes to their qualified immunity laws

Looks like a dog and pony show right now

But what is it?

Qualified immunity is a type of legal immunity. “Qualified immunity balances two important interests—the need to hold public officials accountable when they exercise power irresponsibly and the need to shield officials from harassment, distraction, and liability when they perform their duties reasonably.” Pearson v. Callahan .

Specifically, qualified immunity protects a government official from lawsuits alleging that the official violated a plaintiff's rights, only allowing suits where officials violated a “clearly established” statutory or constitutional right. When determining whether or not a right was “clearly established,” courts consider whether a hypothetical reasonable official would have known that the defendant’s conduct violated the plaintiff’s rights. Courts conducting this analysis apply the law that was in force at the time of the alleged violation, not the law in effect when the court considers the case.

Qualified immunity is not immunity from having to pay money damages, but rather immunity from having to go through the costs of a trial at all. Accordingly, courts must resolve qualified immunity issues as early in a case as possible, preferably before discovery.

Qualified immunity only applies to suits against government officials as individuals, not suits against the government for damages caused by the officials’ actions.

As long as officers are protected from facing civil suits, it’s still in effect

The whole point is to keep govt officials free to do their jobs.

Without this protection, cops will not be able to work. True bans of qualified immunity will render that LEO agency ineffective and defunct

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Weekly wisdom:

Becoming a Cop is like Taking the Red pill

The world you know is only a façad

The truth is that you are surrounded by pain, suffering, destruction, and evil

You can’t be told, you have to see it for yourself

You can’t unsee it, you just have to decide what to do with the truth

How to decide if you should become a police officer:

All I offer is the truth, nothing more

Police work will force you to see the truth about human nature

If you want to be a police officer: You should be a person who is willing to give up the comfort of the matrix Life is simple, peaceful, and safe (so you think) when you can ignore the evil lurking in every dark corner When you take the red pill, you no longer have that comfort. Now you live in the darkness too You must be willing to accept the truth, the things you find in the dark, at face value You should be a person who refuses to accept a mediocre life Do not get into it for job security, the benefits, the retirement, etc. There are plenty of other big corporation jobs and govt jobs that have that The Matrix exists to keep people comfortable and productive, to keep the sheep happy

We are LIONS, good, strong and free.

The world will look to us to face the greatest of evils.

Take the red pill only if you’re willing to give up your comfortable, cozy, life of a sheep.

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