After George Floyd, Minneapolis Marks One Year Since Killing

Watch as Kristen Gibbons Feden comments on police reform one year after George Floyd’s murder, with Ayman Mohyeldin, MSNBC.

On Tuesday, May 25, 2021, Kristen Gibbons Feden joined Ayman Mohyeldin on MSNBC for commentary on police reform one year after George Floyd’s murder.

She said, “I think a good bipartisan bill looks at what the constitutional rights are and actually allows any constitutional right that you have to make sure that that individual can be made whole when its been violated. When you look at qualified immunity, qualified immunity is used to stop victims of police abuse from suing the officer in civil court even when the abuse is found by the court to be a constitutional violation.”

“If there’s a compromise on qualified immunity, it needs to be something that’s even better, and what could that look like? Well, Ayman, you know if you’re hit by a FedEx truck, you can sue the delivery driver and you can also sue that billion-dollar company on a theory of respondeat superior but you can’t do that with police departments and municipalities because of a Supreme Court case called Munoz. And that creates an incredibly high bar.”

As a civil rights attorney, I prefer to sue the department or the municipality because they have deeper pockets. It puts my survivor, my client and their family in a better financial position to be made whole if their constitutional rights are violated. So, yes, I do think that one’s on the horizon but what I hope is that it allows for constitutional rights when violated to allow that survivor, that victim to be made whole, and that’s something that can’t be compromised.

Kristen Gibbons Feden

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