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Leonard Lopate at Large

Tue, Jun 15, 2021 1:00 PM

BEN COHEN ON HOW BAD COPS MISUSE QUALIFIED IMMUNITY

A police officer kills a twelve-year-old boy. It’s caught on video. The officer gets off.

A police officer strangles a man selling cigarettes. It’s caught on video. The officer gets off.

It happens over and over again. The culprit here, alongside the cops, is the legal principle known as qualified immunity.

In his new book Above the Law: How “Qualified Immunity” Protects Violent Police,

Ben & Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen looks at 12 cases in which justice was denied because of qualified immunity.

Join us for a look at this troubling practice and what can be done to change it in this installment of Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI.

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