I've written a few times about the mounting issue that the prevalence of cameras have brought to light how unethically members of our police force behave all too frequently. The Washington Post today has written an article about a proposed bill which looks to put an outright stop to the already anemic oversight of police power. It's a solid article and absolutely worth the read. In article filled with a terrifying vision of our immediate future, there was this little nugget about the present:
Police officers are protected by qualified immunity, which requires you to show that not only were your rights violated but also a reasonable police officer should have known that the actions in question were a violation of the Constitution.
I actually didn't realize the current law was so draconian. So much for the old rule that my grade school teachers loved to remind everyone about, "ignorance is no excuse for the law", apparently unless you actually are the law.