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T. Greg Doucette
In today's criminal justice news, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals holds police officers can *steal $100K+ of someone's property* and still be protected by qualified immunity to avoid any accountability Because it's "not clearly established" that cops stealing is illegal
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T. Greg Doucette Mar 20
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Remember that protecting wholesale lawlessness by police is a feature – not a bug – of qualified immunity Here are some more examples from an earlier thread:
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T. Greg Doucette Mar 20
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Keep all these cases in mind when police, like that Kuebler fellow, try to tell you Qualified Immunity is just there to protect hardworking cops from those meanie lawyers
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T. Greg Doucette Mar 20
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I mean you'd *think* that would be the case, right? But no, this decision holds that stealing isn't illegal when done by the police – as long as these particular officers were the first to do it That's how qualified immunity works in practice 😕
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T. Greg Doucette Mar 20
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Yep Because this case only held it was illegal to steal rare coins and cash. The Court of Appeals hasn't considered whether it's illegal to steal your car
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T. Greg Doucette Mar 20
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That's correct: it was the result of the Supreme Court's ruling in Pearson v Callahan back in 2009 The serialized two-prong approach they had previously required was replaced with an either-prong analysis. So lower courts took shortest paths to dismissal
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T. Greg Doucette Mar 20
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I agree. But the problem is that it's totally in line with how all the other Circuits decide these cases too, which in turn is based on repeated SCOTUS opinions – and per curiam orders, and denials of cert – chipping away at §1983 cases
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T. Greg Doucette Mar 21
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Theft is "reasonable," says "professional police officer"
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T. Greg Doucette Mar 21
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Wait, are y... are you suggesting a man with "professional police officer" in his bio is deliberately misinforming people about the law?? 😱
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T. Greg Doucette Mar 21
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"No taxation without representation. Unless it's by a Government employee stealing your stuff." doesn't have the same ring to it
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T. Greg Doucette Mar 21
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Oh, you must have missed him on the other thread then 😂
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T. Greg Doucette Mar 21
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Morals are for cucks
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T. Greg Doucette Mar 21
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I said it back during the campaign when H972 passed: the love of police brutality is strongly bipartisan
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