The business community must take a leadership role in advocating for and implementing the changes which are necessary to protect the lives of members of every community. Right now that means helping to curb the police violence that has so brutally affected our community members of color, particularly Black Americans. One critical protection of police who abuse their power is the legal defense of qualified immunity. Created by the Supreme Court in 1967, the defense often exempts police officers and others from liability, even for shocking abuses of power, including the repeated unjustified use of lethal force. The qualified immunity defense must be eliminated. Public protection, in business and in policing, requires, transparency, accountability, and justice. Threats to equal justice under law are threats to doing business, and move us further from a just and equitable society for all.
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the co-founders of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, with the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and our allies are asking you to join in eliminating this defense. If police who abuse their power cannot be held accountable, then there is no “equal justice under law.”
Representatives Justin Amash and Ayanna Pressley have introduced HR 7085, with 57 co-sponsors, to restore police accountability by removing the qualified immunity defense. Law enforcement officials must understand that if they abuse their power, they will face repercussions.
You can find full information on the bill here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/7085
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