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Thursday, May 19 • 1:45pm - 2:00pm
City of Tahlequah, Oklahoma v Bond: Qualified immunity at what cost?

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We live in a time where recordings of misconduct and injustices are at high. We are capable of seeing damages done by police on almost every social media in our society. From the Black Lives Matter movements to the riots that had happened; our world today has seen history repeat itself in numerous of ways. We have stressed the importance of justice being seek for the unjust at the hands of our own criminal justice system. Police brutality has always been here but as we grow into a technological world we are capable of seeing the extent of police brutality; being able to witness it with our own eyes on a screen. Police have violated our amendment rights more times than we all can count. From falsely accusing those of doing harm, abusing their power, using an unnecessary amount of force and the legality of using lethal force if necessary to the prejudices in our own criminal justice system that allows police to use stereotypes to discriminate against a group of people. Which has allowed us to become fearful, untrusting and hatred to the people who are supposed to protect our constitutional right.
The purpose of this project is to access the problems that are surfaced through the qualified immunity doctrine. Going in detail of what qualified immunity is, the advantages police officers have regarding qualified immunity and problems that arise due to qualified immunity will give us a further understanding of what this doctrine entails. Within this project we want to break down the historical context of this doctrine; looking at why this doctrine was created. For an example question, what is the evolution of qualified immunity? We want to see what the qualifications for certain situations that would fall under qualified immunity. For example, a police officer using excessive force to handcuff a person who was resisting arrest. We will go into depth of issues that could arise within the terms of qualified immunity and how we determine a situation would fall under the doctrine of qualified immunity. Continuing the analysis, we will look at all aspects of qualified immunity, look at areas that can be easily affected and determine a better, effective way of determining a certain situation will be under the doctrine of qualified immunity while others will not be.


Gabriel Diaz

Undergraduate, Psychology;ASL


Robert Claridge

Mentor, Law & Justice

Thursday May 19, 2022 1:45pm - 2:00pm PDT
Student Union & Recreation Center (SURC)- Theater

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