Greater than 1,400 skilled athletes referred to as on Congress to help a bill launched by Reps. Justin Amash, L-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., to end qualified immunity for public officers and police officers.
The star athletes joined with the Gamers Coalition in its letter to Congress to help the Qualified Immunity Act. Qualified immunity permits for authorities officers to be held liable solely for violating “clearly established” federal regulation.
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Nonetheless, a Reuters report from Might instructed the protect has been utilized in lawsuits looking for to maintain police officers who’re accused of utilizing extreme drive.
“Now is the time for accountability and a call to action. This letter to Congress is the first step on policing we are taking on a national level. We hope this letter and the bill it represents will send a signal to Congress, and to the Supreme Court, that we need a better justice system in place,” Demario Davis, a New Orleans Saints linebacker and Gamers Coalition member, stated in a information launch.
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“We will also continue to push for change on the state, county, and city level, where most people are arrested and incarcerated. Players Coalition has been out front on these issues for years now, and we will continue to participate in the movement for police and criminal justice reform.”
Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Carson Wentz, Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr., Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich, Alex Bregman, and Joe Burrow had been among the many gamers and coaches who signed the letter.
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Scrutiny on police techniques has elevated within the days after the dying of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died in police custody Might 25 after an officer kneeled on his neck for greater than eight minutes in a second caught on cellphone video.