Why aren't there 1st amendment lawsuits? The constitution is still in effect, dempanic or no.
Why aren’t there 1st amendment lawsuits?
Police officers have qualified immunity. In order for them to personally be sued, a judge must order that what they did was “outrageous”. At that point they lose their qualified immunity. However all govt. officials have qualified immunity from civil lawsuits, including judges. So I doubt judges are going to waive this protection allowing a civil suit to go forward.
My concern started way before this pandemic. 8 cops would show up because some skinny guy with a camera was filming a taxpayer funded building. (freedom of the press). Then there is the so called drug sniffing dogs? Total 4th amendment violation. Or insisting that a non criminal ID, again total civil rights violation. In this country, we don’t have to show papers to travel.
I know there are good cops, but seeing the protesters criminally doing anything they want, and then to see law abiding citizens getting arrested, threatened with arrest, or just plain stopped and asked silly questions like “where are you going” “where have you been”.
I saw a video this morning. A black guy was driving and pulled over. The guy was well dressed, and a professional therapist. He had a home appointment at someones home. The police using a bullhorn made him get out of his car, GET ON HIS KNEES, and put his hands on his head. All in broad daylight. Guess what he was getting pulled over for.......A SEATBELT VIOLATION. The officer didn’t think he pulled over fast enough. He said it took him 1 minute to stop his car. The “criminal seatbelt violator” said he drove further because he did’t want to stop right in front of his clients house and have him see him getting pulled over by the police. Then the cops asked if they could search his car? For what!
Anyway, there are tons of these videos. Look up 1st amendment audits. Some auditors are really good, some are jerks. Sometimes bad language.