Placing Target on Law Enforcement, Va. House Dems Pass Qualified Immunity Bill

Placing Target on Law Enforcement, Va. House Dems Pass Qualified Immunity Bill

It is clear that the new majority in the House flippantly calls this radical anti-law enforcement agenda ’criminal justice reform.’

September 10, 2020

This week, the Virginia House of Delegates passed a controversial measure that makes it easier for plaintiffs to sue law enforcement officers while also holding them personally liable for charges of misconduct.

It is clear that the new majority in the House flippantly calls this radical anti-law enforcement agenda ’criminal justice reform.’ This is far from reform, this is chaos. These thoughtless policies leave our most vulnerable citizens less safe and place a target on the back of every law enforcement officer in our Commonwealth. – Virginia Rising Executive Director Tucker Davis

Former Congressman and State Delegate Scott Taylor took to social media by citing the hypocrisy of politicians supportive of these policies for not holding themselves to the same standards they are setting for first responders.  

If a politician votes to end qualified immunity, he or she should not be protected by any immunities. If a politician votes to reduce assault on first responders from felony to misdemeanor, he or she should have the same applied to themselves. —Fmr. Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Virginia Beach)

House Minority Leader Todd Gilbert issued a statement after a weeks-long legislative battle with House Democrats. Gilbert said Republicans stood ready to work toward meaningful reforms, not “punish” law enforcement.

Today’s session was disappointing, but not for the reasons many may think. Much of the legislation rammed through today by Democrats had the potential to be thoughtful reforms of how police do businesses. Sadly, the majority was so bent on punishing law enforcement that they refused to listen to reason.

Republicans stood ready to support some of this legislation, had the majority only been willing to make some common sense changes. Police shouldn’t be banned from the profession for having the wrong haircut. Officers should be able to use neck restraint if they’re in a fight for their lives. Banning every use of a no-knock warrant will end in more dead police and more dead suspects.

Unfortunately Democrats chose to listen to the parts of their base that spend their evenings clashing with police, rather than to police officers and sheriff’s deputies. If these laws take effect, our Commonwealth will be less safe, and more police officers will lose their lives. And it was entirely avoidable – Virginia House Minority Leader Todd Gilbert

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