Supporting law enforcement means holding bad cops accountable

It’s time to end qualified immunity so victims of police brutality can seek justice in court and hold bad cops accountable so good cops can continue protecting and serving our streets.

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Community activists commemorated the two-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke with a “Laquan Day” event, during which they called for passage of “Laquan’s Law,” in front of CPD headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan Ave., Thursday night, Oct. 20, 2016. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Community activists in October 2016 commemorate the two-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke with a “Laquan Day” event in front of CPD headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan Ave.

Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Stop bailing out bad cops with the unconstitutional rule of qualified immunity. If our policymakers want to protect our constitutional rights, they must end qualified immunity so bad cops can be held accountable — not given a get-out-of-jail-free card.

Supporting our law enforcement means holding bad cops accountable rather than granting them qualified immunity. The court-created doctrine allows bad cops to endanger the public and fellow officers with reckless policing tactics without fear of consequences.

It’s time to end qualified immunity so victims of police brutality can seek justice in court and hold bad cops accountable so good cops can continue protecting and serving our streets. Keeping our communities and law enforcement safe means finally taking bad cops off of the police force.

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Americans deserve a justice system that actually delivers justice, not a system that denies a civilian’s right to trial when his or her safety has been threatened by a bad cop. There is no justice with the legal loophole of qualified immunity.

Russ Ziegler, Downers Grove

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However, one fact really caught my attention: that hundreds of trees were removed from Jackson Park for Obama Presidential Center. Assuming he is an environmentalist, why would he, along with the park district, agree to this? And why would the district even consider destroying the South Shore Nature Sanctuary?

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Next, any connection between city government and corruption - that’s bound to eliminate an entire community of cement figures.

Finally, there is a crusade brewing to bring down the images of Native Americans as menacing savages, particularly warriors on horseback brandishing bows, arrows and spears.

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Some tribute to a great city, huh?

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