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Rep. Maxine Waters wants to end qualified immunity for police

Waters is uninterested in removing ending qualified immunity from police reform bills.

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters is calling for an end to qualified immunity for police officers.

During an interview on “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart,” Waters said that she is uninterested in removing ending qualified immunity from police reform bills, such as the George Floyd Policing Act. “I am not giving up on qualified immunity,” she said. “I do not want to send any message to anybody that I am willing to support legislation that does not have it in it. I think we have got to be tough, we have got to be consistent and understand that we have got to hold police officers accountable.”

“Even since the death of George Floyd, we’ve continued to have killings of Black unarmed men in particular,” Waters added. “And so, these police officers know that they have the support of the police unions, they have the support of city councilmembers who are intimidated by the police unions...”

“I’m so proud of those mayors that are willing to stand up and fight — and for the police chiefs that are willing to stand up and fight,” she said. “But history tells us that they have been intimidated too long, given too much and the police don't believe that they're going to be held accountable. That’s why even after George Floyd they continued to kill. And so, I want qualified immunity out.”

Last month, the congresswoman called for widespread police reform following the killing of Daunte Wright — a 20-year-old Black man who was killed by Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter during a traffic stop.

Policing has got to be changed,” Waters said. “We’ve got to reimagine how we can deal with the problems of our society... Young people and people of color in particular [are] getting killed by police that we pay to protect and serve us.”

Check out Rep. Waters’ interview on “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart” below.

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