Joe Biden just released the 2.0 version of his policy plan for criminal justice reform. He refuses to end qualified immunity and refuses to stand for the legalization of marijuana. It's literally worse than the 1.0 version of every leading presidential candidate. He needs to go ahead and work on plan 3.0. This isn't good enough.
Qualified immunity is a phrase being heavily debated right now after Joe Biden released his justice reform plan, which does not include ending qualified immunity for police officers, despite calls to do so.
Qualified immunity at its most basic form, protects government officials from being held accountable for their actions. While this is wrong at every level, it is especially dangerous when it applies to the violent police force that brutalizes and murders people every single day, simply because they know they can. Qualified immunity fosters the toxic belief that pervades American law enforcement, and really the country’s government as a whole, that brutality yields no consequences.
To end qualified immunity would mean that law enforcement officers could finally be held responsible for the egregious crimes they commit on a daily basis. It would mean the laws that officers are paid to enforce would also apply to them. It is not an outlandish request to make. Nearly every major Democratic candidate included ending qualified immunity as part of their justice reform plan, except for Joe Biden.
In today’s episode, Shaun breaks down Biden’s justice reform plan, it’s many shortcomings and the demands we must make.