Despite Concern From Police, Virginia Legislators Cutting Funding, Protection For Law Enforcement Officers

As Virginia legislators push forward with criminal reform bills, police warn that reform will leave officers without enough tools and protections to do their jobs.

Last week, the Senate passed a bill that, if it becomes law, will end mandatory minimum felony sentences for those who assault police. Other measures being considered include bans on choke holds, elimination of no-knock warrants, and an end to qualified immunity.

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Virginia Lawmakers Consider Removing Qualified Immunity for Law Enforcement Officers in Special Session

The Virginia legislature is considering laws that would remove qualified immunity for law enforcement officers.

On August 13, Democrats in the House announced a list of items they will introduce into the legislature’s Special Session.

Among these items is the “[elimination of] qualified immunity for law enforcement officers.”

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Virginia Lawmakers Consider Removing Qualified Immunity for Law Enforcement Officers

The Virginia legislature is considering laws that would remove qualified immunity for law enforcement officers.

The proposed legislation would remove protection for police officers that prevents individuals from suing an officer in civil court under certain circumstances.

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