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New York, NY became the first city in the nation to end qualified immunity for police officers

New York, NY ended qualified immunity for police officers

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The New York City Council passed police reform legislation which ends qualified immunity for officers of the New York Police Department. The city is the first in the nation to remove qualified immunity which protected officers against civil lawsuits alleging they violated a person's rights. The new police reform legislation protects residents against unreasonable search and excessive force by banning the use of qualified immunity as a defense.

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The New York City Council passed a series of reforms for the New York Police Department on Thursday, including ending qualified immunity for officers, which protected them against civil lawsuits.

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